I currently invest most of my time supporting Latin American conservation prorgams led by the Wildlife Conservation Society, where I serve as the Assistant Director for the Latin American and Caribbean Program.
I am a scientist broadly interested in the application of molecular tools for ecology, and committed to conservation. My research activities are based at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics (SICG) and Center for Conservation Genetics, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). This research seeks to positively impact conservation strategies through multidisciplinary partnerships.
After obtaining a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Columbia University, working on population genetics of small cetaceans, I continued my research as a Postdoctoral Fellow with George Amato at SICG, AMNH. Here, we worked on issues of marine and terrestrial dispersal and population structure in relation to environmental agents, and genetic aspects of conservation at SICG, AMNH.
My research interests, commitment to conservation, and passion for teaching led me to design and teach classess at E3B, Columbia University and New York University on issues related to Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Conservation Genetics, and Marine Conservation.
In this site you will find information about my research interests, ongoing projects and collaborations, and classes.
Photo: Megaptera novaeangliae in West Africa (© Martin Mendez)