Dr. Gustavo Fonseca

Dr. Gustavo Fonseca is the Director of Programs at the Global Environment Facility. The Global Environment Facility is the largest public funder of environmental projects in developing countries, working on a range of issues including biodiversity conservation, climate change and toxic chemicals.

A tenured professor of Zoology and Ecology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, he was the founder and first Executive Director of Center for Applied Biodiversity before becoming the Chief Conservation and Science Officer of Conservation International.

He holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Forest Management and Conservation from the University of Florida.

Dr. Fonseca published close to 150 publications articles and books, including 14 times in Science, four times in Nature, and twice in PNAS. He received the Oliver Austin Award of the University of Florida’s State Museum for outstanding research in the natural sciences, the Environmental Protection Award of Government of the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, the Distinguished Service Recognition award from the Brazil Biodiversity Fund (Funbio), and the Golden Ark Award, an official order of the Dutch government, the highest conservation award of Netherlands.