Faculty & On-Site Staff


Dr. Suzanne Kolb (Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Antioch University) has served as Director for  Brazilian Ecosystems: The Protection and Management of Biodiversity  since 1999. She earned her PhD in Ecology from the University of Georgia’s Institute of Ecology and her BS in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has conducted field research on habitat restoration in Brazil and Costa Rica, which has been funded by the World Wildlife Fund, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Science Foundation.

Read her complete biography  here.

The Program Director conducts the on-site orientation session, serves as the lead instructor, facilitates discussions, guides apprenticeships, and evaluates students’ work. She is assisted by a Resident Coordinator and by a Program Assistant, typically a program alum.

To receive further information about this or any of our  AEA  programs, please contact us. If you wish to contact the Program Director for Brazilian Ecosystmes, email Suzanne Kolb at  skolb@antioch.edu. Please note: Professor Kolb is teaching on location in Brazil throughout the fall semester and will not be checking his email regularly during this time. Suzanne’s Office Hours are Wednesdays 10-11am and 2-3pm (no office hours during the fall semester).

Local Faculty & Staff

Program faculty include biologists from the Universidade Federal do Parana and The National Institute for Research in the Amazon, as well as directors of Brazilian conservation organizations and park systems.

Resident Coordinator

Tatiana Gadda has a Ph.D. in Earth and Human Environmental Studies. She organizes program logistics for the Brazilian Ecosystems program.

Portuguese Language Coordinator

Gisele Soares is a Universidade Federal do Paraná professor, teaching Portuguese to foreigners. She organizes the language courses for the Brazilian Ecosystems program.

Program Assistant

Melissa Elstrom is a Brazilian Ecosystems program alum and lives in Curitiba. She assists with various on-site arrangements, including organizing the homestays.

Administrative Support

The  Antioch Education Abroad office  provides administrative support for the Brazilian Ecosystems program.