In 2014 I defended my doctoral dissertation in the program of Biodiversity Conservation in the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona, Spain. Throughout my studies I have concentrated in topics such as the effect of habitat loss and fragmentation on species, species interactions, population trends, prediction of potential species distribution, and issues related to biological invasions. I have participated in the production of seven scientific papers and a technical report and have collaborated with two excellent European research groups on Population Ecology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and the Space Ecology Department at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. In 2008 I worked for the “Global Mammal Assessment Project”, a global assessment on the status of mammals, coordinated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). I currently collaborate with the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Laboratory in the development of the different projects focused on the conservation of biodiversity.
I am a quantitative/spatial population ecologist interested in the distribution, abundance, and dynamics of wildlife populations and communities. Specifically, I am interested in studying the effects of degradation on species and ecosystems using hierarchical and Bayesian methods to develop statistical models for field data collected at different spatio-temporal levels to help solve real problems in management and conservation.
Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Lab working in different areas, including the ecology and conservation of jaguar and its prey in Calakmul. My work here focuses on estimating distribution and abundance (spatial capture-recapture models) from telemetry and camera trap data to inform decision-making processes and identify priority areas for conservation.
I also lead a study on the distribution of the northern river otter in Mexico. I recently completed my PhD at Cornell University, where I investigated the relationships between local governance, deforestation, and species richness in the Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico. Previously I worked as a seasonal park ranger for the US National Park Service, and as a national park administrator, researcher, and consultant for protected areas and NGOs in Mexico. Beyond the realm of ecology, I am also interested in the intersection between local governance arrangements, sociology, and the use of analytical tools to better understand and enhance community-based conservation practices in human-dominated landscapes, and finding better ways to communicate science to increase awareness and stewardship.
José F. González-Maya
I am a biologist of Colombian and Costa Rican nationality. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biology from the Latin University of Costa Rica, a Magister Scientae in Tropical Forest Management and Conservation of CATIE and I am a doctoral candidate in the PhD program in Biomedical Sciences of the Institute of Ecology, UNAM. My undergraduate work is about mammalian functional diversity patterns at multiple scales and their implications for conservation. My work has been mainly related to conservation planning in several Latin American countries, with special emphasis on conservation biology and ecology of vertebrates and protected areas. I am currently Co-Chair of the IUCN Smallholder Carnivore Specialist Group, editor-in-chief of the Latin American Journal of Conservation and the journal Mammalogy Notes, and vice president of the Colombian Society of Mastozoology. In addition, I am the Scientific Director of ProCAT Colombia and serve on the board of directors of The Sierra to Sea Institute and the Editorial Committees of the Mexican Journal of Mastozoology, Neotropical Biodiversity Journal, Journal of Research in Biology and Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. As part of my academic activity I have published more than 60 articles on ecology and conservation, 7 books, 25 book chapters and numerous lectures at conferences.
I studied the undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos where I joined several projects with vertebrates, Later I made a residence in the marine biology course at UABCS, La Paz, where I was associated curator of the collection of birds of the museum and I did my social service in the Laboratory of Marine Mammals of CICIMAR. I studied my master’s degree at UNAM, studying the long-term population dynamics of rodents from the Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve. I am currently doing my PhD in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Laboratory by studying the long-term demographics ofChamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve rodents as well as the relationship between functional diversity and taxonomic diversity of small vertebrates in the region and primary productivity as well as its relationship with global climate change.
I studied the undergraduate degree in Biology at the Metropilitan Autonomous University, Campus Xochimilco. I have participated with The Pilgrim Fund in reintroduction and monitoring projects of critically endangered raptors, in Belize with the Orange Breasted Falcon (Falco deiroleucus) and in the Dominican Republic with the Hawi’s Hawk (Buteo ridgwayi). I participated in the preparation of the PACE (Program of Actions for the conservation of the Species) of Neotropical Eagles and King Zopilote of CONANP, I obtained a diploma in Wildlife Conservation at the UAM Iztapalapa, I participated in a course of Study and Conservation of Great Mammals in Kenya, as well as some courses in the University’s Environmental Program and the International Course on Conservation Biology in Peru. My interests are focused on macroecology and biogeography of birds of prey and tools to define priority sites for their conservation on a global scale, as well as ecology of neotropical raptors in some category of risk and reintroduction programs. I am an editor / translator of the magazine “Spizaetus” on neotropical birds of prey, from the Pilgrim Fund. For four years I have been a member of the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Laboratory at the Institute of Ecology, where I currently participate in the Jaguar Ecology and Conservation Project in the Mayan jungles. At the moment I am a PhD candidate at the University of Alicante, Spain, in conjunction with the Institute of Ecology of the UNAM.
Gina Marcela Quintero Gil
During my academic and professional work, I have carried out studies related to the tracking and monitoring of wild mammal communities using different methodologies (Sherman and Tomahawk traps, mist nets and camera traps), as well as studies about the potential distribution of species, landscape analysis and the monitoring baselines and issues for the conservation of fauna in agricultural landscapes, among others. In my professional career, I have been interested in always updating the knowledge about ecology, conservation biology, basic and applied biology, and mammalogy. Finding fascination for these issues from the field work, which I enjoy and adjusts to the demands of the profession I chose for myself. For these reasons continuing my academic training is essential to enrich my scientific work and contribute to the knowledge in countries like Colombia and Mexico, which have a high potential for research and biological scenarios to impulse the value of science and nature.
I studied the undergraduate degree in Biology at the Faculty of Higher Education Zaragoza, UNAM. In 2011 I participated in the XX National Congress of Zoology with a work focused on the autoecological aspects of the bare-back bat (Pteronotus davyi). In 2012 I presented several papers at congresses, symposia and student forums, including a List of Birds of the Huasteca Potosina, Bats from the Iztaccíhuatl-Popocatépetl National Park and Additional Records of Carnivorous Mammals from the Mountain Forest of Puebla. In addition, I have been invited to give lectures and exhibitions of fauna and its conservation at FES Cuautitlán and at the Official Highschool No. 88. I focus on the study of the ecology of terrestrial vertebrates in order to develop strategies for their conservation. I am currently working with terrestrial vertebrates associated with the burrows of black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in the state of Chihuahua. My goal as a future scientist is to generate research that provides concrete data to influence the decision making of successful conservation strategies for our Mexican species.
Biologist by the Faculty of Sciences at UNAM. I am currently studying the master’s degree at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM, evaluating habitat use and developing conservation strategies for carnivores in northwestern Chihuahua. My academic interests are focused on the ecology and conservation of mammals, with trends toward public policy and project management. The undergraduate project I am part of is a long-term study on the ecological dynamics and conservation strategies for black-tailed prairie dogs in Mexico. I am currently involved in projects with reptiles, small mammals, socioecological systems and bats in the Yucatan Peninsula. My future intention is to develop myself in research and to achieve a closer link between the scientific and political field in the decision-making process for conservation in Mexico.
I am studying a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in the Faculty of Science of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. I conducted my social service during the period from October 2015 to May 2016 in the Group of Functional Microbial Ecology of the Soil and Environmental Protection of the Faculty of Science. During this period, I worked on the program “Community Improvement of Sanitation, Farm, Tourism and Ecological Services for Sustainable Development in the Hñahñü Indigenous Community of El Alberto, Ixmiquilpan (Hidalgo, Mexico)”. I am currently working in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Laboratory at the Institute of Ecology, where I am doing my thesis of degree, which is entitled “Diversity and conservation of terrestrial vertebrates of the Janos Biosphere Reserve, Chihuahua”. My interests are the behavior, medicine and conservation of wildlife, as well as the generation and management of public policies for an efficient application and a better distribution of the economic resources available for conservation.
I studied the undergraduate degree in Biology at the Faculty of Sciences, UNAM. I am currently developing the thesis on the response of Lake Santa Maria del Oro, Nayarit to climate change. I have participated in marine turtle management and conservation programs in Quintana Roo and Cabo Pulmo, Baja California Sur. I have also participated in urban agriculture projects in Mexico City and coordinated the community garden program in La Ribera, Baja California Sur. I am currently collaborating in the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Laboratory of the Institute of Ecology. I am also part of an Environmental Education and Ecotourism team. My interests are focused on the ecology and conservation of wildlife, mainly mammals and sea turtles, climate change, sustainable development and agroecology.
I studied an undergraduate degree in Biology at the Autonomous University of Yucatan. My dissertation proyect was about the abundance and diversity of jaguar and puma’s prey species at the southern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. I’ve participated as volunteer in fisheries and wildlife conservation projects and in the elaboration of enviromental impact manifestations. I currently work in the Jaguar Ecology and Conservation Project and in the 2nd National Jaguar Census both conducted by the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Laboratory. My short term objective is to carry out postgraduate studies focused on the ecology and conservation of mexican mammal populations.
Cynthia Dinorah Flores
I studied the undergraduate degree in Biology at the Faculty of Sciences, UNAM. I completed my master’s degree in Biological Sciences at the Institute of Biology and recently I was accepted in the PhD program of the same Institute to study sea turtles and the possible impact of climate change in their populations. During my studies I have been very interested in conservation issues, as well as their future persistence and I have been able to participate in some courses about it. Within the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Laboratory I am collaborating with an article that will deal with the patterns of activity of carnivores in the tropical jungles of Mexico. My goals are to contribute to the knowledge in science as well as to help in the training of future biologists for the improvement of our planet.