I am an interdisciplinary conservation scientist currently working as an Assistant Professor of Conservation Science at the University of California Berkeley.
I study how people's behaviors towards the landscape (such as habitat conversion) impact the species that are able to persist in such landscapes. I also study the social and psychological perception of animals, by looking at the factors involved in peoples’ motivation to protect biodiversity. I also love co-developing environmental policy, and have worked with the Colombian and Costa Rican governments to guide environmental policies on biodiversity and conservation planning.
I have a BSc degree in Biology from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), an MSc in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from The University of British Columbia (UBC, Canada), and a PhD in Resources, Environment, and Sustainability (UBC, Canada). I was also a postdoctoral scholar at the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University.
I have worked as a tropical ornithologist in environmental consulting firms in Colombia (Plyma S.A. and AmbientalMente). I have also volunteered doing sustainable development work and peace education in Norway, Colombia, and other countries (with CISV International, the Norwegian Peace Corps, The Norwegian Youth Council, CISV Colombia).
As an advocate for the engagement of youth in environmental issues, I represent Colombian and Global youth at the United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity. I am also a National Geographic Young Explorer, and a Stanford Rising Environmental Leader (2021).