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Gabriela Chavarria, PhD

Dr. Gabriela Chavarria is a bee specialist. She came to the United States 30 years ago to do her PhD on tropical bumblebees. Gabriela was interested in conservation policy, so she joined the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to learn about how foundations invest their resources. She worked in the advocacy world for several NGOs, then joined the U.S. government, where she not only worked on conservation policy but became a wildlife forensic scientist fighting the illegal trafficking of tropical hardwoods. Gabriela joined the Museum in January 2018 to support and advocate for basic scientific research and the scientific collections.

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