Marliz has a degree in Environmental Engineering from the Military School of Engineering (EMI) La Paz, Bolivia, several degrees in Higher Education including a masters, Master in Sustainable Development and Practice from the University of Florida (UF), USA, with a specialization in Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD). She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida.
During her professional life Marliz worked as an environmental consultant in different public and private institutions in the area of environmental management. She also worked as a program officer in different NGOs doing work focused on environmental education, sustainable livelihoods and risk management in the Bolivian Amazon. Likewise; she is a professor at the Amazonian University of Pando since 2007. In addition, she is a tutor of the Tu Beca Bolivia program; and is one of the Bolivian leader of the International Research Network: Amazon Dams International Research Network - ADN / RBA / RIRA which include different stakeholders (academics, NGOs, civil society, government agencies, among others) from different countries (Brazil, U.S.A. and Bolivia), this network is primarily founded by the NSF and UF.
Besides that, she is the Bolivian leader of the Governance and Infrastructure in the Amazon project that includes stakeholders (universities, NGOs, grassroots organization, among others) from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and USA; this project is founded by Moore Foundation and UF. Her research focus is environmental governance, political ecology, socio-ecological systems, participatory research, mixed research methods, and sustainable development.