Dr Rosa Vásquez Espinoza, Scientist, Storyteller & Amazonian Advocate

Dr Rosa Vásquez Espinoza, the “Amazon Jungle Scientist”, is a chemical biologist, conservationist, NatGeo Explorer, and award-winning artist. Of Peruvian-Andean and Amazonian descent, Rosa grew up learning about traditional medicine from her grandmother in their backyard’s “natural pharmacy”. Inspired to dive deeper, she went onto discovering new antibiotics and green chemistry tools during her PhD. Today, Rosa travels to the most extreme environments in the planet from the Amazon Rainforest to Yellowstone’s acidic, boiling waters searching for the tiniest creatures, from microbes to stingless bees, to create big changes in the world.