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.

My research program is multidisciplinary and highly collaborative, 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, and the Biology Department at Fordham University.

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 a professional certificate and a maesters program in biodiversity conservation

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