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Wildlife conservation and management both in the marine and terrestrial environments have had unprecedented advances with the use of molecular tools, spatial ecology, and remote sensing.

I have enjoied being involved in multidisciplinary and highly collaborative research, with colleagues and students mainly linked with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics (SICG), at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), the Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Department at Columbia University, the Biology Department at Fordham University, and the Maesters Program and a Professional Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation at the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.

As capacity building is essential for science literacy and conservation, I have designed and taught classess at E3B, Columbia University and New York University on issues closely related to my research experience. Most recently, along with colleagues at the Natural Sciences School at the University of Buenos Aires, we have launched the Masters Program and a Professional Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation at the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina, which is now building the capacity of its third cohort of students.



Photo: Megaptera novaeangliae in West Africa (© Martin Mendez)