Melissa Arias is an Ecuadorian Environmental Management Master from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES). Her academic and professional focus is on wildlife conservation across heterogeneous, human modified landscapes. During her masters, she studied the implications of large-scale forest conversion on the distribution of felids in Sumatra, Indonesia. Previous to F&ES, Melissa worked for several sectors within the topic of environmental management and conservation in the Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. As a Fox International Fellow (2015-16) at the University of São Paulo, Melissa will study the social and ecological requirements for establishing large-scale wildlife conservation policies among Amazon basin countries.