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Diele Lobo

Dr. Diele Lobo (she/her) is a Postdoctoral Associate for the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (MW CASC) hosted at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. She works with MW CASC’s researchers and practitioners on examining the state of climate adaptation planning practice in the Midwest region with an emphasis on sectors that relate to natural resource management and conservation.
Diele is a conservation scientist with expertise in human dimensions of conservation and natural resources management. She has broad interests; and her research has used concepts and approaches from social-ecological systems, ecosystem services, restoration ecology, organizational and workforce development, and entrepreneurship research to support decision-making related to natural resources management and biodiversity conservation. As a result, her work is very interdisciplinary and collaborative, bringing together the natural and social sciences and bridging the gap between science, practice, and policy.
Diele has earned a Ph.D. in Conservation Science from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s in Forest Ecology from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil, her home country. There, she worked with environmental NGOs coordinating and executing conservation and restoration planning projects, and co-authored a book that served as a landmark work for restoration practice and policy in Northeast Brazil.​​ She enjoys traveling, fantasy novels, cooking competition shows, and cats.