Alma is a biologist originally from Mexico City and holds a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences through the University of Delaware. She has experience working in the executive branch of government environmental agencies in Mexico and the U.S. From April 2008 to May 2015, she worked for the Mexico’s Mangrove Monitoring System at the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO). In 2016, she started her PhD at the University of Delaware focused on understanding the exchange of carbon dioxide and methane between a costal wetland and the atmosphere. In 2021, she was selected as a John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellow and got assigned to the Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing Program (GOMO, NOAA).
Alma, under Kristell Hergoualc’h’s supervision, will work soil greenhouse gases (GHG) fluxes as affected by soil moisture and degradation of palm swamp peatlands of the Peruvian Amazonia and may support the finalization of the chapter on Latin America and the Caribbean of the Global peat assessment.