Mariana Calderon is currently reporting from COP 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India. She will be working closely with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) as well as developing her own work as part of Earth in Brackets. Follow her take on developments at the negotiations here, and keep up to date on facebook and twitter!
Mariana is from Sacramento, California. This is her Senior year at College of the Atlantic, where she has been focusing her studies on the connections between the formal biological sciences and the convoluted world of environmental policy as they relate to biodiversity conservation. Mariana has attended various international environmental meetings, including COP 16 in Cancun for the UNFCCC, and UNCSD (Rio+20) in Brazil in June 2012. In August of the same year, Mariana participated in the kick-off conference for the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) in Belin, Germany, where she and 35 other participants developed the first unified youth constituency under the CBD.