Viviane Merces


Viviane grew up in Brazil and gained her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Sao Paulo. While studying geology, she collaborated with SFSU scholars in analyzing sediments around the San Francisco Bay Area. After moving to the USA, Viviane taught Portuguese for young children in Southern California and after relocating to Sonoma County, she obtained a Certificate in Natural Resources from the Santa Rosa Junior College. She has experience developing outdoor lessons and delivering them to K-5 students. For the past few years Viviane has been studying Sustainable Agriculture and working as a garden and restoration technician at Shone Farm. Most recently, she worked for Sonoma Land Trust as a bilingual outings guide intern, where she developed a passion for environmental education while engaging with a broad audience, including Spanish-speaking families. Prior to joining the Education Team at Pepperwood Viviane was part of the Research Team, working as a wildlife technician intern, assisting with the maintenance of field cameras and data collection. Her work contributed to Pepperwood’s efforts in studying wildlife behavior and responses to the changes in habitat, thus improving inter-species coexistence and minimizing human-wildlife conflicts. Viviane is excited to bring her knowledge and passion about nature to everyone, and inspire all to learn about science. In her spare time, she enjoys working in her garden, going to the beach with her family, painting and experimenting with new food.

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