Mentoring of young students is a crucial responsibility because they are the future society. The environmental awareness of these young generations is the only way to achieve a more sustainable development for our planet. I take this responsibility very seriously, and I keep a very active collaboration with undergraduate students. Here are some of the students I've been lucky to work with in the last few years.
Mentoring at the University of Texas at Austin
María Fabiola Rodriguez
She is currently a senior at the University of Texas, double majoring in Environmental Sciences and Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Her interests lie in tropical ecology, mainly co-evolution and interspecies relationships. She is proficient both in the lab and in the field, and is always working to expand her range of skills and knowledge.
From collecting insects as a child to going caving every year with his father, it was always a given he’d end up working with nature. Currently an undergraduate in Environmental Science, He is taking a holistic approach now before he specialize in the future with higher education. He is passionate about all realms of the life sciences, with particular interest in closed ecosystems, population genetics, and biomimicry.
Mentoring in Panama
As a worldwide tropical deforestation continues, it is urgent to build environmental awareness in societies of the tropical countries. I have had the opportunity to make field work in a tropical country so interesting from the biological viewpoint like Panama. Furthermore, I have worked with Panamanian students and I kept an active collaboration and mentoring with them. You can find information about these great guys below!
Moisés Ureña (Field Assistant)
Moises Ureña is an enthusiastic person always open to new ideas and pathways of knowledge. He is deeply interested in tropical plant biology and especially in ecophysiology. He is a keystone for the organization of any scientific project due to his innate abilities as biologist and manager. Furthermore, he is an enterprising businessman whose long-term mission is to promote a sustainable development.
Eduardo Sánchez (Field Assistant)
Eduardo Sanchez has extensive experience doing field work in Panama forests. His main interests are focused on functional ecology, especially what features of plants constitute keystones for the maintenance of the biodiversity and the ecological services. He has worked with different epiphytes but he loves especially the genus Anthurium (Family Araceae), a Neotropical genus highly diversified with a wide range of growth habits.
José Alejandro Ramírez (Field Assistant)
Jose Alejandro is a very resolute field assistant with a great knowledge about natural history of tropical ecosystems. He is especially interested in plant-animal interactions and he has a lot of experience in the application of modern technologies in the study of ecological processes. He has been involved in different projects using telemetry in the study of seed dispersal.