Ruth Metzel is the Co-founder and Director at Azuero Earth Project in Pedasi, Panama. The mission of Azuero Earth Project is to preserve the earth's ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and promote healthy communities by helping people to make informed decisions, take sustainable action, and share knowledge. Prior to this, Ruth received a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. At Yale, her research explored the agriculture-forest interface and understanding ways in which actors from multiple sectors interact to achieve integrated landscape management objectives.
Ruth has worked with initiatives such as The Forests Dialogue, the International Society of Tropical Foresters, and Yale’s Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative. Before pursuing her graduate studies, she served as the Azuero Earth Project’s first Program Director in Pedasi, Panama. Ruth has a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with concentrations in International Relations, Latin American Studies, and Environmental Studies from Princeton University. Her thesis “From Finca to Forest: Forest Cover Change and Land Use Management in Los Santos, Panama,” allowed her to combine her passion for the Latin American region, environmental issues, and public policy with her love of biological field research. Her environmental research experience includes work with projects in Panama, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Venezuela, and the United States.