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I´m a second-year PhD Researcher at the School of GeosSiences. I hold a Bsc. in Natural Resources Management. I'm originally from Temuco, Chile, South America. In 2008, I joined the Limnology & Water Resources Laboratory (LWRL) of The Catholic University of Temuco, Chile. My work consisted on supporting and coordinating projects that aimed at creating critical policies and environmental regulations for the protection of freshwater ecosystems in Southern Chile. In 2011, I contributed to create a new line of investigation for the LWRL on water-related ecosystem services. That was an important turning point of my career, since I realized about the positive implications of connecting the environmental analysis to societal needs, which is the core purpose of the ES framwork. The Ecosystem Services Framework served as a bridge to connect myself to other related areas of knowledge, such as Socio-Ecological Systems, Agent Based Modelling, Participatory Mapping, among others. As a consequence, I begun to search for relevant issues that societies in Chile were struggling with, and particularly indigenous populations. My idea was to contribute to the understanding of the links between ecosystem degradation and human well-being. I became very interested on the close and complex relationship of Mapuche Indigenous people with ecosystems, as well as the effect of environmental change on their well-being, in Southern Chile. However, to successfully address these issues, research practices must be truly adaptable to local ways-of-knowing and needs. My research aims at finding culturally sensitive and/or appropriate methodologies to address the links between ecosystem change and indigenous well-being.