Katia’s work with the Species Programme focuses on supporting species-focused Conventions and Agreements such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations, the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT). This includes processing and analysing data on international wildlife trade, supporting the management of Species+ and CITES Trade Database and assisting with the compilation of reports on wildlife trade.
Katia’s background is in scientific research, particularly focused on biodiversity modelling. She completed her PhD at Imperial College London and the Natural History Museum, where she worked with the PREDICTS project. Her research focused on modelling the effects of land use on biodiversity on islands and mainlands worldwide, comparing land-use effects on the diversity of alien and native species on islands and refining and testing a new implementation of the Biodiversity Intactness Index. She has an MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation from University College London and a BSc in Biology from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos.
Katia assists with the analysis of data from EUTR and FLEGT national reports and data on international trade in timber to develop outputs for reports such as EU Timber Regulation overviews.
Katia supports CITES through the processing of countries’ annual trade reports for inclusion into the CITES Trade Database. Her role also includes updating information in the Species+ database.
Katia supports the project by assessing the potential impacts of forest restoration on biodiversity in Brazil. She focuses on modelling land-use change effects on species habitat range and biodiversity intactness.