Sylvia's work supports the 'Bridging Agriculture and Conservation Initiative'. Within this initiative, she acts as the key contact to the assembled Scientific Leadership and will conduct a synthesis and/or meta-analysis of the current evidence linking the importance of biodiversity to agricultural production in smallholder farming systems. Scientific evidence illustrating the importance of these relationships for both agriculture and conservation sectors is the basis of the initiative.
In addition, Sylvia will be working with the communications team to develop funding proposals and other media-related products to support the Bridging Agriculture and Conservation Initiative.
Her previous experiences include acting as Natural Resource Management Advisor with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan for their Mountain Societies Development Support Program from 2007-2009. In that role, she worked with local staff to support programming, proposal development and piloting new technologies in the field. Sylvia was also a contact point for cross-border project coordination with the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan on Natural Resource Management related activities.
PhD, Dept. of Geography, McGill University, Canada (2009-2014) – Agroforestry, ecology and rural livelihoods in a swidden farming system of the Peruvian Amazon
MSc, Dept. of Forest Ecology, University of British Columbia, Canada (2005-2007) – Forestry related impacts on amphibians
BSc (Honours), Dept. of Biology, Queen’s University, Canada (2001-2005)
Marczak, L.B., Sakamaki, T., Turvey, S., Deguise, I., Wood, S.L.R and J S. Richardson. 2010. 'Are forested stream buffers an effective conservation strategy for terrestrial fauna? An assessment using meta-analysis.' Ecological Applications, 20(1): 126–134.