WCS Colombia

Staff

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Alba Delgado
General Services
Alba is been working for WCS for more than 8 years.
Amilvia Acosta Castañeda
Associated researcher
Amilvia is biologist of the University of Caldas. In 2009 she joined as a thesis student at the WCS Colombia Program and since 2010 to the present is joined as an associated researcher, conducting research projects in ecology of primates, mainly with Variegated-spider Monkey (Ateles hybridus) and White-footed tamarin (Saguinus leucopus). She loves to perform this type of projects, because they contribute essential information to set priorities in the development of management and conservation plans that guarantee the permanence of these endangered species.
Andrey Valencia Cedeño
GIS Analyst
Andrey is a geographer with emphasis on territorial planning at the Universidad del Valle. Finalizing its grade work about the impact of climate change into productive ecosystems in the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in 2013, binds as a consultant GIS to WCS, supporting the development of cartography. Currently, a student at the specialization in Geographic Information Systems, from the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, while work as an analyst GIS and spatial analysis in different projects. His main interests are geomatics, earth Science, spatial modeling and study of biogeographic processes in the Andean region.
Bedir Martínez
Associated researcher
Bedir is biologist from the University of Caldas (2009). In 2008 he joined WCS Colombia as a thesis student. Since 2010 has been involved as an associate researcher in different projects of the program, most have been focused on coffee landscapes and groups of invertebrates such as dung beetles, butterflies, and ants. Currently as a young researcher of Colciencias is implementing a project on mobility patterns in coffee landscapes of three species of dung beetles (Scarabaeinae) in La Celia, Risaralda. His major interests are the ecological study with groups of insects such as dung beetles and working with local communities in some way linked to different projects.
Carlos A. Saavedra Rodríguez
Associated researcher
Biologist with emphasis in zoology, Msc and PhD in Biological Sciences graduated from the Faculty of Sciences of the Universidad del Valle, Colombia. Fifteen (15) years working in population and community ecology, and conservation of mammals, birds, amphibians and snakes through various research and environmental impact studies developed with academic institutions, environmental authorities and NGOs. He has experience in governance issues for the management and protection of natural resources, capacity building with local, indigenous and black communities, relationships with local governments and private companies. He has been a consultant and trainer in the environmental interpretation guided and organized locals and specialist tourism operations. Currently, he is in charge of finding qualified personnel for projects, logistics and security field for researches, biological assessments, monitoring and other activities staff, being the coordinator of operations in WCS Colombia.
Carlos Andrés Cultid Medina
Associated researcher
Biologist (Universidad del Valle-2007). Currently PhD student in Sciences-Biology at the Universidad del Valle. His work focuses on the biodiversity evaluation at different spatial and timescales in Andean rural landscapes, landscape ecology and insect ecology with emphasis in Dung beetles. He has also interest on the ecological processes that define the environmental services associated to focal groups such as Dung beetles.
Carlos Andrés Ríos
GIS Coordinator
Carlos Ríos completed his Bachelor degree as Environmental Manager at the Universidad Tecnológica from Pereira in 2005. After some jobs, he went to Bogota to carried out an specialization in Geographic Information Systems at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. While studing, he began to work in DANE (National Statistics Administrative Department) as preparer of digital mapping for the national survey of agricultural performance. Carlos joined the WCS Colombia Program in 2008 as GIS coordinator to support cartographic and GIS requirements from the ongoing projects and new proposals developed by the Program, where he got specially interested on Data Bases and Spatial Modelling.
Catalina Gutiérrez
Rural Landscape Coordinator
Biologist from the Universidad del Valle (Colombia) with a Masters in Ecology at the Vrije University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). Currently she is carrying out doctoral studies at the University of Freiburg (Germany) on the effect of landscape context on bee diversity and their role as pollinators. With theoretical and practical knowledge in ecology, zoology, entomology and conservation, as a WCS team member has collaborated on the design, coordination and implementation of research and monitoring projects for biodiversity conservation in protected areas and rural coffee landscapes.
Fanny González
Associated researcher
Fanny is a biologist who completed his degree in 2009. After her graduation she joined the WCS Colombia Program to work in Avian flu as part of the Global Health Program.
German Forero-Medina
Science Director
Graduated with a degree in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where he studied the population ecology and natural history of the White-throated Mud Turtle (Kinosternon scorpiodes albogulare) in a Caribbean Island in Colombia. He received his M.S. degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, studying small marsupials from the Atlantic forest along with landscape functional connectivity. He received his Ph.D. in Conservation Ecology from Duke University, in North Carolina, USA. His main research interests are tropical ecology, conservation biology, natural history of tropical vertebrates, landscape ecology, climate change effects on tropical ecosystems, and environmental education.

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