Laura Avila

Laura Avila holding child

… is an agroecologist, passionate about tropical conservation. She completed a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Ecology, and she received a Certificate in Tropical Conservation & Development at the University of Florida. She is currently an NIH-FIRST postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Emory University, Atlanta. Currently, her research focuses on bee microbiome and bee ecology. For her dissertation, she studied the foraging ecology of stingless bees in agricultural coffee landscapes. Throughout her master’s degree, she researched the use of cover crops for nitrogen replacement in crop production. Her undergraduate degree in tropical agriculture was completed at EARTH University in Costa Rica, where she developed an interest in hands-on and multicultural learning environments. She has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Florida, University of Cincinnati – Blue Ash College, and core master’s courses at Project Dragonfly. Research and field courses have taken her to several continents, but she is the happiest when trekking and doing fieldwork in her native Costa Rica.