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PEER Participants' Forum
March 22-25, 2015
Lima, Peru

PEER Forum 2015
This forum is aimed at facilitating networking among current PEER PIs based in Latin American countries in order to help build productive linkages not only with their research colleagues, but also with representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other donor agencies. In addition, this meeting is designed to promote capacity building by providing training in various non-research skills such as  identifying and approaching potential funders, preparing and presenting research results to both technical and non-technical audiences, and reaching out to government agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide input on science-related policy issues. Besides our program’s LAC-based PIs and co-PIs, participants include PIs from regional programs, guest speakers on the topics listed above, representatives from our sponsors at USAID, representatives from various donor agencies, and program staff from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

This page will be used to share logistical and general information about the upcoming PEER Participants' Forum. The page will be updated regularly with new information as we move closer to the event date and details of the forum become finalized. All information emailed to the participants will also be available here for easy access. Additionally, speaker and PI biosketches are available below as well as PEER project descriptions and the forum agenda.

Forum Information:


Speaker Bios

Participant Bios

PEER Projects

Staff Bios
Logistical Memos:

Traveler Information Form

Poster Guidelines

Airport Transfer Sheet

Airport Transfer Memo

Lima Logistics Memo

Speaker Presentations

PEER Program Overview

Communicating your Research to Policy Makers

The Art of Negotiation

Communicating with your PEER Grant Manager 

The Importance of Science Communication

Conveying Science through Flash Talks

Connecting your Research with USG Agencies
National Science Foundation
Smithsonian Institute
United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Identifying and Approaching Future Funders
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Office of Naval Research

Connecting your Research to USAID Missions
Brazil Mission

Participant Posters

Impacts of climate change on tropical wetlands: tracking the evolution of two Andean lakes and a floodplain cienaga in Columbia - PI: Julio Eduardo Cañón, Universidad de Antioquia

Building Peruvian capacity for monitoring and modeling the effects of climate change on the Coropuna Glacier and associated watersheds in Arequipa, Peru – Representative: Tomas Quispe

Sustainability evaluation of jatropha oil production in Yucatan, Mexico - PI: Julio Sacramento

Biodiversity and adaptations of CYP enzymes in the Amazon Loricariidae fishes - PI: Thiago Parente

Mycota associated to native Hevea spp. in the Brazilian Amazon region - PI: Aristóteles Góes-Neto

Ecosystem response to climate change in the mountain wetlands - PI: Juan Castaño

Integrated humanitarian logistics system for developing countries – Representative: Luis Macea

Temperature profile of the ocean seabed, from the city of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and preliminary design for a commercial exploitation of cold water to supply for a central air conditioning system - PI: Eduardo Sagredo

Marine biodiversity initiative for Central America: international partnership for research and training on marine biodiversity and genomics - PI: Jorge Huete-Pérez

Impact of transboundary biomass burning pollution transport over the Central Andes of Peru - PI: Luis Suarez

Strengthening resilience of Andean river-basin headwaters facing global change - PI: Bram Leo Willems

Biodiversity and climate change in the “Arc of Deforestation” of Brazilian Amazon - PI: Guarino Colli

Biodiversity conservation and scientific capacity development in the Brazilian Amazon using ants as bioindicators and ecosystem health indicators – Representative: Gabriela Camacho

Biodiversity and socioeconomic impacts of palm oil bioenergy development in the Brazilian Amazon - Rodrigo Medeiros

Poverty and climate change in Mexico: the implications of mitigation policy, climate impacts, and development pathways for household welfare – Representative: Ana Escoto

Glacier retreat and water resource sustainability in the Peruvian Andes: informing adaptation strategies through collaborative science - PI: Pablo Lagos

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