Luiza is a biologist graduated at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, with a Master’s degree in Ecology from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. In her Master’s thesis she studied the social structure of the Guiana Dolphin (Sotalia guianensis), in Sepetiba Bay in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
She was a researcher at the Instituto Boto Cinza (IBC), associated to the Aquatic Mammals Laboratory (LAMAQ) of UFSC. She has worked in several marine conservation NGOs in Brazil, working mainly with cetaceans and sea turtles.
Although originally from Minas Gerais (Brazil’s interior), she has always had fascination with the ocean and her main objective is to work with ocean management and conservation.
She believes it is possible through joint actions from civil society, NGOs and government to make significant changes to the conservation of oceans, mainly acting to reduce overfishing and bycatch and fighting for the creation of marine protected areas.