Talitta Reitz received her bachelor's degree in architecture and urbanism from the Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, where she developed an interest in green cities, and natural and cultural landscapes. She did her master’s degree in landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she also acquired a certificate in heritage conservation. Her research thesis was a comprehensive study of the pressing environmental issues in the Central Valley in California. Within this design research, her project proposed an urban forestry network as a response to the problems caused by nature-deficit disorder amongst children. During her master’s, she was part of a project using participatory design methods to create a park in the USC Park Campus neighborhood. She received an award from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society for Architecture and Applied Arts. In 2018, Talitta joined the Rachel Carson Center as a RECOMS Early Stage Researcher (ESR) and a PhD student.