I am a biologist with emphasis on ecology and sustainable development from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, MSc in Management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity of the Tropical Agriculture Research and Education Centre - CATIE, and doctoral student in the Biomedical Sciences Program of the Institute of Ecology of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. My work has been related to the research and conservation planning of tropical vertebrates and ecosystems, and ecology, management and conservation of mammals (especially carnivores). I am currently scientific director for ProCAT Colombia and The Sierra to Sea Institute and serve as Co-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group and Vice-president of the Colombian Mammalogical Society. I have published over 50 articles in national and international journals, indexed and peer reviewed, over 25 book chapters and 7 books, and numerous media articles. I am also currently Director / Editor-in-chief of the Latin American Journal of Conservation and Mammalogy Notes, Aluna Newsletter Editor and member of the editorial board of Small Carnivore Conservation, Revista de Biodiversidad Neotropical and Revista Mexicana de Mastozoología. I have also reviewed for numerous scientific journals and also peer reviewer for the Conservation Leadership Program and the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation in Colombia, the Universidad Teconológica del Chocó and FONCYT Argentina. Currently, I am part of the Crocodile Specialist Group and the Cat Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and the World Commission on Protected Areas. Member of several scientific societies such as the American Society of Mammalogists, Society for Conservation Biology, the Colombian Society of Primatology, the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, the Colombian Association of Zoology, Biologists College of Costa Rica, and the IUCN WCPA / SSC Biodiversity and Protected Areas Task Force and also serve as Regional Representative for Costa Rica and Colombia for the Wild Felid Research and Management Association.
Conservation corridors are among the best strategies for saving biodiversity and improving human well-being. Connecting biodiversity and human needs for sustainable and science-based decisions will likely improve the conditions of our planet.