Before moving to Florida in 1998, Antonio worked as a journalist for United Press International covering Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Antonio studied Rural Development and Community Health at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas, and Anthropology at the University of Florida. As part of FWAF’s work on environmental justice,
Antonio is a member of the New Green Deal working group at the Climate Justice Alliance and is Coordinator of the Climate Change Collective at La Via Campesina. Antonio’s current research includes looking at the effects of heat on farmworkers in Florida and Georgia, and agricultural practices in Puerto Rico in the face of Climate Change.
Dr. Tovar is also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellow in the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program. He has over 25 academic publications has co-authored several policy statements for the American Public Health Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors at the Florida Immigrant Coalition, the Campus-Community Partnership for Health, and the Coalition of Agricultural Workers International.