Director of the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program
Conservation • Wetlands • Shorebirds • Freshwater • Latin America
I direct the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program at the Cornell Lab, with the main goal to build conservation capacity along the Pacific coast from Mexico to Chile for communities and shorebirds. Every year, the program grants a two-year fellowship to six stellar early-career professionals in Latin America working in multidisciplinary collaborative projects to generate solutions to the main environmental threats in this region.
I have been working in conservation and research projects in northwestern Mexico since 1997, in particular in coastal and riparian areas of the Sonoran Desert. Some of my recent activities include the evaluation and recovery of protected species, the implementation of community-based restoration projects, and the creation of partnerships with governments and stakeholders for the conservation of nature.
For 18 years, I worked with Pronatura Noroeste (a non-profit environmental organization in Mexico) to restore the Colorado River delta, including the recovery of river flows and the facilitation of binational negotiations between Mexico and the US for the sustainability of the Colorado River Basin.
Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona
M.Sc., Wildlife and Fisheries Management, University of Arizona
B.Sc, Biochemical Engineering and Marine Sciences, ITESM Campus Guaymas