- Lourdes Martínez-Estévez
- Lucila Belén Castro
- Paul Ehrlich
- Rodolfo Dirzo
- Andrés García
- Jose Gonzalez Maya
In 1997 I studied biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Campus Iztacala, where I obtained the Gabino Barreda Merit Medal. I have been a Foundation UNAM scholarship holder for three years (1996-1997). I studied the Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM. I received scholarships from CONACyT, UNAM, Telmex Foundation and Idea Wild as financial support for my master’s project. I am an author and coauthor of scientific and dissemination articles, in addition I have participated in the development of books such as “Wild Mammals of Mexico”, “Diversity and Conservation of Neotropical Mammals”, “Mexico’s Endangered Freshwater Fish” and “Mexico’s Endangered Reptiles and Amphibians”. Since 2002, I have been collaborating as editorial assistant of the Mexican Journal of Mastozoology of which Dr. Gerardo Ceballos has been editor-in-chief, and since September 2012 in the Oikos Bulletin= published in the Institute of Ecology.
I studied Biology in the Faculty of Higher Studies of Iztacala, UNAM. Among my postgraduate studies I have a master’s degree in Biological Sciences and I am currently studying my PhD at the Institute of Ecology of the UNAM investigating the spatial patterns of zoonotic diseases and their ecological determinants in North America. Since 1995 I have participated and collaborated in studies focused on the ecology, management and conservation of mammals in the southeast of the country. My research interests are the conservation of carnivores, landscape ecology, climate change and disease ecology in wildlife, especially in the interface between conservation and the dynamics of infectious diseases including different zoonoses. At the moment I coordinate the project on the Ecology and Conservation of the Jaguar in the Mayan Forest, the goal is to guarantee the survival of the jaguar’s populations in Mexico and the maintenance of the ecological processes and environmental services that their habitat provides, through strategies of sustainable development that increases the quality of life of the local human population.
Since 2006 I have participated in research projects related to the ecology, management and conservation of grasslands. My work has been focused on understanding the ecological role of fire and herbivory in the ecosystem and the implications of its management to promote pasture conservation in northwestern Mexico. During this journey I have made a great effort to link the conservation of biological diversity with economic development (local and regional) through the design and implementation of multidisciplinary strategies to understand and confront the complex environmental problems facing the country. The result of my participation in the region has been the creation of the Janos Biosphere Reserve and collaboration in the elaboration of the management plan. I am currently a PhD candidate of the postgraduate course in Biological Sciences, co-director of the programs “Restoration and Conservation of Dry Grasslands in Northwest Mexico” and “Interaction of Prairie Dogs and Domestic Cattle in Janos Grasslands”, and I am responsible for the project “Use of habitat and conservation of the northern porcupine in the Janos Biosphere Reserve”.
I am a PhD student in Biological Sciences at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM. My dissertation project focuses on the ecological interactions between prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) and domestic cattle (Bos taurus) within the arid grasslands of the Janos Biosphere Reserve, Chihuahua, Mexico. In addition to this, I am describing the environmental history of the region in order to understand the fundamental causes of environmental degradation that this geographical area faces, with the aim of designing strategies for its long-term conservation. I currently collaborate with the Department of Geography at the University of Berkeley California in projects focused on socio-environmental history, culture-nature interaction, and the effects of economic models on ecosystems. Within the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Laboratory, I am responsible for the Grassland Biological Research Station located in the ejido San Pedro, Janos, Chihuahua, as well as the regional livestock management improvement project. I am a member of the Advisory Committee of the Janos Biosphere Reserve representing our research group. My long-term goals include achieving structural changes to the policies of conservation and management of our country’s natural resources as well as helping to train the future leaders of our country.
I studied the Master’s degree in Environmental Biology at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM. My project consisted in the evaluation of the effect of the prairie dogs in the provision of ecosystem services of the grasslands of northern Mexico. With this research I was able to quantify the benefit of prairie dogs in five ecosystem services that are very important for the maintenance of the ecosystem and for the economic activities of the local people. Before entering the laboratory, I studied the undergraduate degree in Biology at Simón Bolívar University where I worked on the collection of vertebrates. My interests include conservation of mammals, management of endangered species populations and applied research on biodiversity in the long term. I have collaborated on various projects in the laboratory; Including the edition and publication of books such as “Diversity, Threats and Priority Areas for the Conservation of Mexico’s Dry Forests” and “Mexico’s Endangered Freshwater Fish”. I want to continue my PhD studies in the area of Conservation Biology. My goal is that with my work, I can influence the decision making to maintain the ecosystems and biodiversity of America.
I studied the undergraduate degree in Biology in the Faculty of Sciences, UNAM and carried out my social service in the Veterinary Hospital of Specialties in Wildlife and Clinical Etology FMVZ-UNAM. I have worked for 10 years with birds of prey, mainly its use and ex situ conservation. I have taken 6 diploma and more than 16 courses/workshops, as well as participated as guest in more than 20 different types of lectures and theoretical-practical classes such as diploma, workshops and courses for students of all levels. I have been speaker of more than 25 talks at national and international congresses and festivals, as well as volunteer in different zoos and stays in various raptor rehabilitation centers in countries such as Spain and Argentina. In 2011 I collaborated in the elaboration of the “National Strategy for the Preservation and Utilization of Poultry (2011)”; “PACE California Condor and PACE Neotropical Raptors,” as well as the protocol for the recovery of wounded specimens of the Royal Eagle. In the laboratory I am part of the National Alliance for Jaguar Conservation and I have a special interest in the formulation and application of public policies to mitigate the human impact on wildlife. My intention now and in the future is to contribute to making this world a better place for all who inhabit it.
Lucila Belén Castro
I am currently a doctorate student in the Biological Science Program at the National University of Córdoba in Argentina. I am also a scholar in the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research at the Institute of Diversity and Animal Ecology. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology at the Faculty of Physical and Natural Sciences of the National University of Córdoba with a focus in conservation biology. Shortly after my graduation I worked in Australia at the Melbourne University, Melbourne and Macquarie University in Sydney. Since 2010 I am member of the “Grupo de Conservación de Flamencos Alto Andinos” integrated by scientists and conservationists of Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Since 2013 I have worked at the Pacific Biodiversity Institute, a NGO that works in the USA and Argentina and since 2014 I am also a member of the Flamingo Specialist Group of the IUCN and of the International Society on Salt Lake Research. My interests are conservation biology, ecology and zoology.