Work History

2008-Present                   Independent Research and Writing

Contract research and writing on infectious disease, biodiversity, agriculture, and intellectual property issues for clients including the World Health Organization, African Centre for Biosafety, Greenpeace International, and Third World Network.

1999-2008                      The Sunshine Project (Director)

Co-founded the Sunshine Project, a small international NGO focused on biological weapons issues, and led its research program. Authored noted reports on "non-lethal" biochemical weapons, laboratory safety, US biodefense program expansion, anti-drug biological agents, smallpox virus stocks, and other topics. Testified before the US House of Representatives and developed expertise in the Freedom of Information Act and other open records laws.

1995-1999                      Rural Advancement Foundation International (Program Officer)

Research, writing, and advocacy work on genetic resources and biopiracy issues for RAFI, now known as the ETC Group. Primary author of several editions of RAFI Communique as responsibilities in international advocacy on biotechnology and agriculture, particularly at the Convention on Biological Diversity and Food and Agriculture Organization.

1990-1991                     Survival International

Transitioned from an internship to staff position at Washington, DC office. Learned non-profit basics and facilitated discussions between Amazonian indigenous people and US environmental organizations.


1992 - 1995                 The University of Texas at Austin

                            MA in Latin American Studies, 1995
                            MS in Community and Regional Planning, 1995.

Inter-American Foundation Masters' Fellow, 1994. MA/MS Thesis: A Business of Development? Bioprospectors, Indigenous People, and the Pharmaceutical Industry in Northeastern Peru

1986 - 1990                 The University of Richmond

                                    BA in History and International Studies, 1990.
                                    Higher Education Consortium on Urban Affairs in Bogotá, Colombia, 1988-1989.


Authored articles for publications including the British Medical Journal (2007 Apr 14;334(7597):774), European Molecular Biology Organization Reports (2003 Jun;4 Spec No:S57-60), Biosecurity and Bioterrorism (2008 Mar;6(1):19-35), and New Scientist (2007 Oct 7;196(2624):24).

Profiled in Science (2004 Aug 6;305(5685):768-9).


Languages:    Fluent in Spanish.
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