ENVS PhD candidate Rayna Benzeev was awarded a Fulbright US Award, which will fund her to spend nine months in Brazil in 2021. Rayna is studying forest landscape restoration in Brazil's Atlantic Forest.
As part of her dissertation work, she is developing spatial conservation planning tools that will help decision-makers to target reforestation efforts in places where they have the highest probability of success. The Fulbright award will enable Rayna to spend time working directly with researchers, NGOs, and government agencies in southern Bahia, Brazil, developing and implementing these decision tools. She will also spend time in Brazilian universities and research institutes, in alignment with Fulbright's aims of cultural and academic exchange.