Dexter Fellowships in Tropical Conservation Biology
Interdisciplinary faculty committee: Dr. Susan Jacobson (Director), Dr. Lyn Branch (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), Dr. Doug Levey (Zoology), Dr. Wendell Cropper (Forest Resources and Conservation), and Dr. Kaoru Kitajima (Botany).
The generous support of the Lewis Anthony Dexter Fund has created an innovative fellowship program directed by the Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation at the University of Florida. The Dexter Fellowship Program in Tropical Conservation Biology was established to honor Mr. Lewis Anthony Dexter and his family, Robert Cloutman Dexter and Elisabeth Anthony Dexter.
The Dexter Fellowship Program supports students from tropical developing countries who are pursuing graduate studies at the University of Florida in the natural sciences. Fellowship recipients are individuals who show strong leadership capacity, excellent communication and critical thinking skills, and the ability to make a significant contribution to tropical conservation through their work, personal abilities, and dedication.
An interdisciplinary faculty review committee evaluates the applications each year. A total of 11 Fellows were supported since the inception of the program.
The Fellowship Program Format
The Dexter Fellowship Program in Tropical Conservation Biology promotes graduate-level training and research. The objective is to produce graduates who are able to contribute to the conservation of natural systems and to appropriate development necessary for long-term sustainability. Dexter Fellows will have the disciplinary depth and credentials to command a position in their chosen fields, but also have the breadth to draw upon the expertise and perspectives of other disciplines. Dexter Fellowships provide a stipend and tuition for Fellows pursuing advanced research degrees in tropical conservation biology at UF. Three named fellowships are awarded sequentially - the Lewis Anthony Dexter Fellow, the Robert Cloutman Dexter Fellow, and the Elisabeth Anthony Dexter Fellow. The UF tuition and stipends are awarded for two years of support.
PSTC Dexter Fellows
- Elisabeth Anthony Dexter Fellow: Willandia Chaves Didier ( Brazil), PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology
- Robert Cloutman Dexter Fellow: Germain Mavah (Congo) MS in Interdisciplinary Ecology Natural Resources and Environment
- Lewis Anthony Dexter Fellow: Ana Carolina da Silva (Brazil), MA in Latin American Studies
- Elisabeth Anthony Dexter Fellow: Lucrecia Masaya (Peru) MS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
- Lewis Anthony Dexter Fellow: Gloria Lentijo (Colombia) MS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
- Elisabeth Anthony Dexter Fellow: Mariela Pajuelo (Peru) MS Zoology.
- Lewis Anthony Dexter Fellow: Gustavo Londoño (Colombia) PhD Zoology.
- Elisabeth Anthony Dexter Fellow: Aditya Singh (India) PhD Interdiscipinary Ecology
- Robert Cloutman Dexter Fellow: Omar Antonia Figueroa (Belize) PhD Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
- Lewis Anthony Dexter Fellow: Maria Camila Pizano (Colombia) PhD Botany
- Elisabeth Anthony Dexter Fellow: Arjun Gopalaswamy (India) MS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.