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Mariana Catapani_BIO

For the past 12 years, Mariana has dedicated her career to understanding conservation challenges related to Xenarthrans, which includes armadillos, anteaters, and sloths. As an interdisciplinary conservationist with extensive experience in Brazilian wildlife conservation, she currently serves as a Conservation Fellow at Chester Zoo and manages the Human-Wildlife Coexistence Department at ICAS – Wild Animal Conservation Institute, a Brazilian NGO. In this role, Mariana designs, establishes, and evaluates the human dimensions of conservation across projects, overseeing a dedicated team. Her research focuses on employing social science tools to understand the intricacies of Human-Wildlife coexistence, testing innovative approaches for mutual benefits. Ongoing projects include addressing wildlife-vehicle collisions, promoting giant armadillo-friendly honey production, improving interactions between domestic dogs and wildlife, and shaping fire prevention policies in the Brazilian Pantanal. Mariana, holding a BSc in Biology, an MSc in Ecology, and a PhD in Environmental Sciences, has contributed to the field as a visiting researcher at Bangor University (UK) and is a member of the IUCN/SSC Specialist Group on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence.