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In celebration of International Women's Day, EURAXESS North America has interviewed four distinguished women Marie Curie fellows.
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Alanna K. Higgins is an MSc graduate from Newcastle University, earning an ESRC accredited research training degree in Food and Rural Development Research. Her masters dissertation focused on the discourse of the food sovereignty movements in the US and UK. She is originally from the US, obtaining her B.S. in Environmental Policies, Institutions and Behavior from Rutgers University, focusing on social and economic aspects of health and disease; environmental communication; and roles of industry and governmental and nongovernmental organizations in environmental affairs.

Alanna's work on the Horizon 2020 funded SUSPLACE project looked at the intersection of the social economy and food initiatives as a starting point for examining alternative economies and spatial practices of food systems.


Dr. Catarina C. Ferreira has been a conservation biologist for over 15 years with vast experience working for the private and public sectors, and academia. Her expertise spans topics in terrestrial ecology, wildlife management, and impacts of global environmental change on biodiversity across multiple taxa, regions and scales. A Portuguese native, Dr. Ferreira completed her undergrad in Biology in 2000 and a MSc in Applied Ecology in 2003 at Porto University. She was the Senior Biologist for seven years in one of Portugal’s largest Protected Areas, and in 2009 she became the Assistant Director/Ethologist of the Portuguese Iberian Lynx Captive Breeding Centre. In 2011, she obtained her PhD from IREC‐UCLM in Spain, and in 2013 she started a Postdoc position at Trent University, Canada. That same year she was awarded a MSCA Individual Fellowship to develop predictive models of landscape connectivity for wild felids, using Lynx species in Europe and North America as models (Project CONTRASST; This project, that runs until December 2017, is being developed with Trent University and the UFZ (Germany) as host institutions and ultimately will provide conservation guidelines on how to maintain large‐scale connectivity for umbrella species across fragmentation and climate scenarios.


After receiving her Master’s degree in International Relations at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Gerry Alons undertook a PhD in Political Science at Radboud University, Institute for Management Research. Her research focuses on foreign economic policy in the fields of trade and agriculture and particularly engages with questions on when and how ideational variables such as norms, policy frames and policy paradigms influence state preferences and policies. In 2016, Gerry was awarded a MSCA GF to conduct comparative research in developments in US and EU agricultural policies and their effects on transatlantic and multilateral trade negotiations. She is currently executing this research project at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, in cooperation with Professor Vivien Schmidt.


Jodi Schneider is an assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She studies scholarly communication and social media through the lens of arguments, evidence, and persuasion. She is developing Linked Data (ontologies, metadata, Semantic Web) approaches to manage scientific evidence. Jodi holds degrees in informatics (Ph.D., National University of Ireland, Galway), library & information science (M.S. UIUC), mathematics (M.A. UT-Austin), and liberal arts (B.A., Great Books, St. John's College). She has worked as an actuarial analyst for a Fortune 500 insuance company, as the gift buyer for a small independent bookstore, and in college and university libraries. As part of her Marie Curie grant, Jodi worked on semantic web for information management, at the WIMMICS lab Inria Sophia Antipolis, France: She has also held research positions across the U.S. as well as in Ireland, England, France and Chile.
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