Gabriela is a biologist with a PhD in ecology and works as an Ecosystem Services Specialist at Nature Conservancy Canada and as a Researcher at the International Institute for Sustainability. She is a problem-oriented sustainability scientist trained in conservation, landscape planning and environmental management at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She also completed part of her education at the University of British Columbia. She strives to understand how people can transform social-ecological systems to make them more sustainable, resilient and equitable. To this end, she conducts modelling and empirical research to improve the management and governance of social-ecological systems. She is particularly interested in the contributions that nature makes to people, including the economic and ecological mechanisms associated with these benefits, nature-based solutions, ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change and landscape resilience.