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Our Team:

Combining Traditional Knowledge and Science 

(The US based academics listed here have long term collaborative research projects at Iyarina and are physically present periodically, (mostly in the summer).    Projects in the Iyarina forest are maintained year round by indigenous team members at Iyarina with who they consult virtually.

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Elizabeth Swanson Andi

President, Audio Visual Storyteller, Project Coordinator.


Pamela Tapuy Grefa

Executive President and Business Manager

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Josefina Andi

Co-Founder, Director of Kitchen Staff

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Tod Swanson

Academic Director

Associate Prof. Arizona State University;  Senior Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation.  Member UN Science Panel for the Amazon



Professor & Linguistics


Chair of Anthropology Tulane University 

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Forestry Engineer

Herbarium, Peruvian University of the Amazon

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Assistant Professor

University of Nevada Reno

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Belgica Dagua Toqueton

Andowa & Kichwa Nationality

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Elodia Dagua  Toqueton

Andowa & Kichwa Nationality

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Omanca Enqueri

Elder and leader of Iyarina's Gomataon extension.  Environmentalist and Waorani sovreignty activist. 

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Ahuani (Betty) Enomenga

Waorani Nationality

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Felix Cerda

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Ore Nenquimo

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Abel Andi

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Edison Cerda


Estela Andi 


    Elsa Andi 


     Cindy Andi

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