Karen Moran Rivera

2021/2022 Kirchner Food Fellow
Americas Fellows

Karen is pursuing a Ph.D. at Wageningen University and Research; where her research focuses on soil science, sustainability, and climate change. She earned an MSc. in Natural Resources and the Environment from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and a BSc. from Zamorano University.

Karen started her professional career working with land managers in Central America; where she soon realized that more research and economic investment are needed to promote sustainable land management. Since then, Karen has conducted research that integrates land management to support healthy ecosystems for economic development. Her long-term vision is to establish a career in creating science-driven solutions for food security and sustainability.

Karen believes that Central America needs more investors that care about the communities, environment, and economy and is passionate about start-ups and funding ideas that create thriving communities.