February 19, 2016. MIT, Cambridge.
Prof. Miriam Diaz is a specialist in tropical ecology and a researcher on mitigation strategies for the effects of climate change. Dr. Diaz is knowledgeable about the catastrophic environmental consequences of El Nino in Venezuela, and will provide an accurate picture of the critical situation on the ground, which has to do with severe drought, loss of harvests, contributing to the scarcity of agricultural products. She will also explain the programs or strategies that scientist, academic and public institutions are doing to mitigate this situation.
Dr. Diaz received her PhD in tropical ecology from the University of Cambridge, UK, a Masters in ecology from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research and a degree in botany from the University of Florida, USA. She has been a visiting fellow at several international institutions, including Harvard University, USA, the University of Wurzburg in Germany and Boston University, USA. She has supervised more than 30 dissertations.
Dr. Diaz is the founder and director of the Montecano Biological Reserve, as well as the Research Center for Ecology of Arid lands and is currently the president of INFALCOSTA, an organization dedicated to investigating and preserving arid and coastal land. Her research focuses on plant functioning in extreme conditions (water deficit and high temperature), combating desertification through the revalorization of trees and succulent plants, promoting sustainable development and conservation. She also coordinated the WAFLA Project, which integrated water resource management through the implementation of improved agro-forestry in Latin America, with the participation of 17 countries. Dr. Diaz is an elected member of the executive board for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World. Co-sponsored by: MIT Science for the People