Staff

Ana María Herrera Victoria
Consultant - monitoring specialist
Ana is a biologist with two emphases: Conservation Biology and Biotechnology. She is a graduate from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana of Cali (Colombia). For two years, she has been working on a research project focused on the ecology of the tent-making bats’ refuge in a tropical dry forest in the Department of Valle del Cauca. This is one of the first studies carried out on this subject in Colombia. Ana’s field of interest is Behavioral Ecology. She started working at Wildlife Conservation Society Colombia Program in 2016 as research associate. She presently works in 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.
Bryant Mosquera
Administrative assistant
Bryant finished his studies as a Business Management Technologist in 2014. He has worked as administrative coordinator and accounting assistant. In 2016, he joined the Wildlife Conservation Society Colombia Program and is in charge of the company's inventory and several administrative tasks, the main ones being quoting with suppliers for the purchase of goods and the realization of locative work in the WCS Cali offices.
Carlos A. Saavedra Rodríguez
Species coordinator
Carlos graduated in Biology with emphasis in zoology from the Faculty of Science of the Universidad del Valle, Colombia. He obtained an MSc and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the same university. He has worked for fifteen years in ecology of populations, communities 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 people organizations and relationships with local governments and private companies. He has been consultant and trainer in guiding and environmental interpretation matters for organized local populations and specialized tour operators. He is currently coordinator of operations for WCS Colombia, in charge of finding qualified personnel for projects, of logistics and field security for researches, of biological assessments, monitoring and other activities.
Carlos Andrés Ríos
GIS Coordinator
Carlos graduated in Environmental Management from the Universidad Tecnológica of Pereira in 2005. After a few jobs, he moved to Bogota, where he specialized in Geographic Information Systems at the Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. Simultaneously with his studies, he worked at the National Statistics Administrative Department (DANE) as preparer of digital mapping for the national survey of agricultural performance. Carlos joined the WCS Colombia Program in 2008 as GIS coordinator. From his position, he has supported different ongoing projects as well as new proposals developed by the program. He is especially interested in subjects related with data bases and spatial analysis and modelling.
Catalina Gutiérrez
Operations sub-director Colombia program
Catalina is a biologist with emphasis in Zoology from the Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia). She obtained her master degree in the Vrije University (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), where she studied the effect of Collembola on mycorrhizae, as well as the diversity and distribution of rove beetles in riparian zones in Colombia. In 2009, she became part of the WCS-Colombia team as intern in the Conservation Leadership Program. Since then, she has contributed with the design and implementation of several projects aimed at the conservation of species, landscapes and management of protected areas. In 2013, she started doctoral studies at the University of Freiburg (Germany) on the relation between the landscape context and diversity of wild bees, and how they contribute to the pollination of granadilla (Passiflora ligularis) in the Colombian Andes. Her interests include the study and implementation of sustainable productive alternatives, the study of ecosystem services and management of sustainable landscapes.
Elizabeth Sanchez
Smart leader
Elizabeth is a biologist from the Universidad de Caldas. She has worked with continental aquatic ecosystems. Hydrobiological dynamics, primary productivity and watershed management are some of her main interests. For several years she has participated in different projects developed by WCS Colombia. She currently works with the Space Monitoring and Information Tool (SMART) for the protected area management division. With her work, she supports Natural National Parks of Colombia’s prevention, surveillance, control and monitoring programs.
German Forero-Medina
Science Director
Germán graduated in Biology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where he studied the population ecology and natural history of the white-throated mud turtle (Kinosternon scorpioides albogulare), reptile living in the island of San Andrés, Colombia. He obtained an MSc in Ecology from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, studying small marsupials from the Atlantic Forest and the functional connectivity in the landscapes where they live. He received his PhD in Ecology and Conservation from Duke University, in North Carolina, United States. 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
A student of Technology in Industrial Logistics, Greyhz works with WCS as accounting assistant, a field in which she has eight years of experience. She is proficient in social security and human talent, identification of professional risks and implementation of human development programs. Her vocation towards social service includes responsibility, commitment, ethics and organization. She plans the execution and supervision of tasks and functions.
Gustavo A Gonzalez Duran
Amphibian leader
Gustavo graduated in Biology from the Universidad de Caldas, where he studied the diversity of amphibians in an altitudinal gradient. He received an MSc in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where he studied the systematics and evolution of morphology in a group of the genus Pristimantis. His current professional interest is related with the taxonomy, systematics, natural history and conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the Colombian Andes. He presently supports the strategy for amphibian conservation in Colombia’s Natural National Parks.

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