Holly Huffines is a student of Environmental Studies at the University of West Florida. Her research was conducted in Brazil where she was an exchange student at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa from January to July 2012
David Aponte Acosta is a military brat originally from Puerto Rico. While studying abroad at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa, his main objectives were to expand his knowledge of the Portuguese language and experience the panoply of cultures constituting Brazil. Although an International Studies major at the University of West Florida, David went beyond his area of study in researching ethanol production, focusing more on the history behind sugarcane cultivation in Brazil.