As a geographer and anthropologist by training and the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT)’s GIS and Web Development Coordinator, Rudo partakes in a wide range of GIS and cartography related projects. These include coordinating participatory mapping and data collection fieldwork with Maroon and indigenous communities in Suriname, monitoring forest cover change across the Guianas through remote sensing analysis, producing visually compelling and attractive maps for both fieldwork and international contexts, and training local field staff in the use of GIS and field data collection methodologies. Rudo is also responsible for the development and upkeep of the ACT website and the production of other web-based communications projects, including web mapping initiatives such as story maps and interactive mapping portals. Rudo has been traveling to and conducting fieldwork research in Suriname since 2012, and his working relationship with ACT’s Suriname program dates back to 2013. Currently based in Washington DC, he serves as a liaison between the ACT Headquarters and the Suriname office in Paramaribo, where he works for several months per year.
Rudo’s academic background includes an M.A. and Ph.D. research in Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami. His professional interests include mapping of indigenous land use and local knowledge, participatory and qualitative GIS methodologies, web and online GIS, Maroon history and anthropology, human geography of the Guianas and Northeast Amazon, and the use of open source software.