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Caissa Revilla Minaya

Doctoral candidate

Caissa obtained her B.S. (2002) and Licenciatura (2006) degrees in biological sciences from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, in Lima, Peru. In September of 2008 she completed her M.Sc. in Ethnobotany at the University of Kent at Canterbury, U.K. Her field research experience has involved projects dealing with botany, ecology and conservation in the Southeastern Peruvian Amazon. She has also conducted research on the ethnobotany, ecology and conservation of climbing plants used by the Yanesha ethnic group in the Selva Central of Peru. Her major research interests are cognitive and environmental anthropology, ethnobiology of indigenous peoples of the Neotropics, and the ecology and taxonomy of tropical lianas. Caissa is a recipient of a scholarship from the Peruvian branch of the Missouri Botanical Garden (2005-2006) and a P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (2008-2009).