The start of this 2018 brought me unexpected but wonderful news. I was selected to enter CONICET (Argentina's Research Council) as a tenured Assistant Researcher. Hopefully, within one year, I will move back to Salta, Argentina to start my research program and my family and I could not be happier. Here's to new starts!
I am happy to announce that I took a position at the University of Arizona as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. This new position is part of an initiative of UA Research, Discovery & Innovation in collaboration with the Institute of the Environment and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. Here, I will be (i) collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to create novel synthetic research, and (ii) working in biodiversity and conservation projects integrating public health, emerging diseases, and public policy. More soon!
As we finish our class on Systematic Conservation Planning using Open Standards, I have only words to praise this cohort of students. Also, thank you Karl Didier for your continued support and wisdom and Lyn Branch for being amazing; what a privilege working with them! This year we had three outstanding groups that did not shy away from tough environmental issues. Decreasing forests fires and expansion of oil palm in Indonesia? Finding sustainable alternatives for land-use in Belize? Implementing energy alternatives for local communities in India to decrease forest degradation? These students have a plan. Congratulations!!
Classes started and a new iteration of Conservation Planning for Biodiversity Projects in underway. This year we have a very interesting and diverse group of students. We will focus on developing conservation projects in Belize, India, and Indonesia. Here are the teams!
I am happy to share that I will be an Adjunct Lecturer for the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. I will be a Co-instructor with the amazing Dr. Lyn Branch and we will be teaching Systematic Planning for Biodiversity Conservation Projects. I will soon open a new section on this web site dedicated to all the course materials, so stay tuned.
I defended my Dissertation, finished all requirements and I am ready to graduate on August 5th 2016. It has been an amazing ride full of learning experiences, new skill sets, and friends. I want to thank every one that helped me through these years.
The power of the internet never stops to amaze me. It has been a little over a year since I created this web site. Since then, it received over 5000 visitors from some of the most exciting parts of the world. Take a look!
Approximate locations of individual visitors. Size of the circle represents the number of visitors in each location. I am humbled by the amount of traffic seen in my web site and I take this opportunity to send my best wishes and a happy new year!!
Last Friday, the TCD-LATAM-sponsored Field Research Clinic took place in the gorgeous domains of Smathers Library at UF. Students who have returned from the field presented on their results in a poster-session type of event. There were well over 100 people including close to 30 faculty/staff/visiting scholars and the variety of themes covered was stimulating.
I figured that this was my chance to try-out a new poster design that I've been thinking about. After all, you will hardly ever see a more suitable crowd than the TCD community to bounce-off new ideas.
The poster was composed of three main areas:
The concept behind the design of this poster was to re-organize the information that I would generally put (Introduction, hypothesis, methods, results, and discussion) so that the main piece of information was right at the center with very few words. If the reader was interested, then he/she could move their attention to other parts of the poster (i.e., Introduction and main questions). Some poster sections were left out (Methods and the classic discussion section). I wanted to bring out a notion that a wonderful professor once told me "posters are about having people to talk to you".
Overall, the experiment was a success. Most importantly, I got wonderful ideas and comments that people wrote down on my poster. I was surrounded with smart people who had lots of different experiences and I'm happy the poster was able to capitalise on that. I was also fortunate enough to win a prize, so thanks TCD-LATAM!
I also want to acknowledge TCD and The Rufford Small Grant foundation for their support of my research.
There are a few things I need to remember for next time:
Next steps? I'll try this design at a larger meeting and see what happens. Stay tuned!
The prestigious Barcardi Lecture Series has started and the speaker list is phenomenal! Click here to see the full list of speakers.
This time is was the turn of Dr. Susan Walker who works for the Wildlife Conservation Society and talked about "Certification of goat and sheep fibers as a tool for conservation in the Patagonian steppe”
Susan Walker has lived in the Patagonian region of Argentina for the last 22 years. She helped build and co-directs the Patagonian and Andean Steppe program of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Argentina. She received a BA in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee and an MS and PhD in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida. Prior to settling in Argentina, she worked on wildlife research and conservation projects in Belize, Thailand, and Florida.
We now know some of the guests what will be giving a plenary talks or that will present a case study!
This list includes:
Avecita Chicchon (Moore)
Claudio and Suzana Padua (IPE, Brazil)
Philip Fearnside (INPA)
Claudia Stickler (Earth Innovation Institute)
Miguel Pinedo (Columbia University)
Sonia Canavelli (INTA, Argentina)
Zoraida Calle (CIPAV, Colombia);
Luis Suarez (SocioBosque, Ecuador -CI) and Max Lascano (Min. Environ.)
Many, many more...!
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