Viviana works as a Research Associate for the Forest and Land Program at World Resources Institute (WRI). Her research focuses on the use of remote sensing for land cover and land use change monitoring, particularly in the context of tropical deforestation. Viviana aims to leverage remote sensing data to support strategies to slow deforestation, such as carbon markets, conversion-free supply chains, and expansion of protected area networks.

Prior to joining WRI, Viviana worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) lab at the University of Maryland, where she worked on mapping and quantifying rates of loss of natural ecosystems, as well as rates of gain of cropland and specific cropland types.

Viviana holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy and a Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences, both from the University of Maryland.