Viviana Ruiz Gutierrez
Assistant Director, Center for Avian Population Studies • Program Leader, Conservation Science
Applied Population Ecology • Conservation Science • Quantitative Ecology • Tropical Ecology and Conservation
My research focus is to work at the interface between science and application to deepen our understanding of the social and environmental factors that shape where and when species occur on a given landscape to improve decision-making and conservation. My research group works on developing and applying novel quantitative modeling techniques to understand how human drivers of land-use change (e.g. agriculture) affect biodiversity using birds as indicators. We work collaboratively with practitioners, decision-makers, stakeholders, and local communities to design research that supports the development and implementation of strategies that reconcile biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being.
Postdoctoral Research, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
B.S., Tropical Biology, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica