Tania López Marrero is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography and the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University. She holds a bachelor degree in Environmental Sciences and a master and Ph.D. in Geography. She teaches courses about Caribbean Geography, Natural Hazards and Disasters, and Maps, Map Use and Analysis. Her research interests and scholarly work broadly lie in the relationships between humans and the environment, and include vulnerability, adaptive capacity and resilience to natural hazards and disasters, forest ecosystem services and drivers of ecosystem change, and land cover change. She has published several articles about these topics on Puerto Rico and, more recently, on the insular Caribbean. She co-authored the book Atlas Ambiental de Puerto Rico (2006) and is now developing the mapping project Caribbean Environmental Mapping Initiative (CEMI) at Rutgers.
Tamara Heartsill Scalley
Tamara Heartsill Scalley is a Research Ecologist at the International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDAForest Service in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico. She has a B.A. in Geography, M.S. in Biology and Ph.D. in Ecology. She has taught ecology field courses in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. Her research interests include forest dynamics in the Caribbean, wetlands, riparian vegetation and tropical streams. She has published on forest recovery after hurricanes, watershed land cover and stream ecosystems. Her current projects include urban forests and rivers. She is organizing a network database for the Caribbean Foresters www.CaribbeanForesters.org, a project that includes researchers, educators, and foresters from the wider Caribbean region.