Staff

Ana María Herrera Victoria
Consultant - monitoring specialist
Ana holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with two emphases: Biodiversity Conservation and Biotechnology, from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali – Colombia. For two years, she has been working on a research project about refuge ecology of tent-making bats in a montane dry forest in the Cauca valley (Colombia). One of the first studies carried out on this topic in Colombia. Behavioral Ecology is the major interest of Ana. She started working at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS, Colombia Program) in 2016 as research associate. Actually, she works on the area of Data synthesis and analysis supporting several projects related with conservation monitoring.
Andrey Valencia Cedeño
GIS specialist
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.
Carlos A. Saavedra Rodríguez
Species coordinator
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 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.
Elizabeth Sanchez
Smart leader
Elizabeth is a biologist from the University of Caldas. She has worked with continental aquatic ecosystems, being the hydrobiological dynamics, primary productivity and watershed management some of her main interests. For several years she has participated in different projects developed by WCS Colombia. She currently works for the protected area management line, with the SMART Space Monitoring and Information Tool, with special emphasis on support for the work of the control and surveillance programs and Monitoring in the National Natural Parks of Colombia.
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.
Greyhz Zhargahdt Caicedo Gomez
Accounting assistant
Industrial Technology Logistics Student, who has worked as an Accountant with more than 8 years of experience in this field, with knowledge in Social Security and Human Talent, identification of professional risks and implementation of human development programs, With a vocation of social service, responsibility, commitment, ethics and organization, able to plan the execution and supervision of tasks and functions, with the desire to take on new challenges that allow me to apply the knowledge acquired to benefit the company, and improve my professional growth.
Gustavo A Gonzalez Duran
Amphibian leader
Gustavo is a biologist graduated from the Caldas University, where he studied the diversity of amphibians in an altitudinal gradient. He received a Master's Degree in Biological Sciences from the National University of Colombia, studying the systematics and evolution of morphology in a group of the genus Pristimantis. His research as a biologist is related to conservation, natural history, systematics and taxonomy, of amphibians and reptiles in the Colombian Andes. He is currently working on the amphibian conservation strategy in National Natural Parks of Colombia.
Igor Felipe Valencia
Turtles leader
Igor Valencia obtained his biologist title from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Cali, Colombia) in 2017. He did his thesis work on Crax alberti, using Population Viability Analysis. His areas of interest are the community-base conservation and population modeling. He has experience in turtle conservation.
Irma Viviana Niño
Project manager
Irma is an Environmental and Sanitary Engineer, and Engineering Project Management Specialist from La Salle University. She has managed different projects about control and environmental compliance, according to the environmental licenses granted, and the requirements made by environmental authorities. At WCS she is Project Manager for New Protected Areas.

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