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Dr. Julie Silva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland and a Scholar-in-Residence/Postdoctoral Mentor at SESYNC. A human-environment and economic geographer with a regional expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa, Silva's research examines the impacts of global change on multidimensional poverty and inequality. She has collaborated extensively with earth scientists to examine the social dynamics of uneven development in the context of on-going ecological change. Her research has been supported by a variety of federal grants, including a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and a Dynamic Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Interdisciplinary Team Exploratory Project Award from NSF. Prior to her academic career, Silva served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gabon (1995-1997). When not working, she enjoys reading mystery novels, hiking, and spending time with her dogs.