Dr. Evangelista grew up in rural Virginia before making Colorado his home in 1995. He proudly earned his BS in Natural Resource Management (1999), MSc in Forest Management (2004), and PhD in Ecosystem Management (2009) at Colorado State University. In 1999, Dr. Evangelista began working for Dr. Tom Stohlgren at the NREL conducting vegetation inventories in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah. That same year, he spent three months in Ethiopia – a trip that would shape his life and career. His early research in Ethiopia focused on the mountain nyala, a rare spiral-horned antelope endemic to the southern highlands. Later, he became interested in studying the biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by the montane forests and Afro-alpine systems that define much of Ethiopia’s landscape. Dr. Evangelista has also been actively involved with a variety of grass-roots projects aimed at improving education, gender equality, livelihoods, and conservation of Ethiopia’s natural resources. Today, he continues to pursue a wide breadth of interests as a Research Scientist. He is supported by a highly distinguished team of Research Associates, graduate students, post-docs, and DEVELOPers who share a common commitment in protecting the ecosystems and processes that sustain our planet.