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External researcher at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Judith Westveer

Scientific Journalist

ACEER Member since:  2021

Professional Affiliation: External researcher at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

"It is my goal to share personal Amazonian field experiences, highlight people's connection to nature and expose current ecological trends and changes in the rainforest, through ACEER's platform"


I am a creative academic who likes to tell stories about nature, and the Amazon rainforest is my biggest source of inspiration. After finishing a PhD in Conservation Ecology, during which I studied ways to protect and restore wetlands, I worked for several Peruvian environmental NGO's. Currently, I'm focused on creating awareness on the importance of nature.

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Judith's Posts

August 16, 2023
Illegal deforestation on farm.
The Amazon rainforest makes its own rain. And less forest means less precipitation. As forest destruction affects climate and vice versa,...
April 26, 2023
Coca consumption has its origins in the ancient Inca tradition, but the scale at which it is used now has nothing...
December 8, 2022 The metal bridge in downtown Puerto Maldonado, above the mighty and murky Madre de Dios river, is not just any...
November 4, 2022 ‘The smell hits you like a train. Burned hair, rotting flesh, and old meat that’s not smoked for flavor but...
July 25, 2022
Illegal Logging
As a novice conservation ecologist I had the adventurous task of monitoring wildlife populations in the Peruvian Amazon. My perspiring students...
March 22, 2022
The first time I visited Madre de Dios, Peru, was in 2010. I took a boat up the Tambopata River, and...