Lara is a biologist graduated in the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, with masters in Ecology and Evolution from the Universidade Federal de Goiás. Lara undertook one year of her undergraduate course at the University of East Anglia (UK) and worked on the effects of climate change on British butterfly populations. During her master, she focused her research on the effects of climate change on threatened plants distribution within the Cerrado biome and on the development of prioritization scenarios for conserving these species. Lara also carried out a short research at the University of York (UK), where she analysed the extinction risk of threatened Brazilian plants from climate change. Lara has experience in GIS analyses, environmental niche modelling and spatial prioritization using a systematic planning approach.
At the International Institute for Sustainability, Lara is a Research Assistant and works mainly in the development of scientific research focused on the spatial prioritization of restoration on a large scale, besides collaborating in the other projects being carried out in the Institute.