Loss of biodiversity and deteriorating ecosystem services may contribute to worsening human health, higher food insecurity, increasing vulnerability of ecosystems to natural disasters, lower material wealth, worsening social relationships by damage to ecosystems highly valued for their aesthetic, recreational, or spiritual values, and less freedom for individuals to control what happens and to achieve what they value.
People´s responses to the decline of biodiversity, and their support for conservation measures will depend on their knowledge and their perception about biodiversity and species, and their awareness regarding the threat of extinctions.
I investigate how people perceive and appreciate plants and animals. I am currently focused on amphibians. I am also interested in the evaluation of educational programs in nature and environmental education using both empirical and quantitative approaches.
Education and Professional Positions
|2009 - 2013||Ph.D. thesis at Life Science Zurich Graduate School. Program of Ecology. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2007 2009||M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Education and Perception, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|1999 - 2004||Diploma in Ecology. Ecologist. Pontificia Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia|