Jorge Marcone is a Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Program in Comparative Literature. He serves as Associate Dean of Humanities in the School of Arts and Sciences. He is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for the South American Resilience and Sustainability Studies Institute, in Uruguay. Marcone is a Collaborator for the Microbiota Vault Initiative. His research focuses on the history of ecological thinking and publicly engaged research in Hispanic literatures and cultures, and on the representation of Amazonia in literature, film, and other visual arts.