Raísa has a BSc Biology degree, PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG) and she was awarded with an Australia Award - Endeavour Research Fellowship to do part of her PhD at James Cook University, Australia. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the Conservation and Biogeography Lab before joining the IIS team. Raísa does research in Ecology and Conservation Biology, focusing on systematic conservation planning, spatial analysis and on impact & effectiveness in biodiversity conservation. She also has experience in herpetology and biodiversity monitoring, having worked in protected areas, rural landscapes and mining areas. Her main goal is to give support to decision-making by helping to build a body of evidence on the effectiveness and impact of conservation policies.