I was born in La Paz, Bolivia. I got my undergraduate degree in Biology at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés in La Paz. I got my masters in Biology as well, at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. I finished my PhD at the department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, under the advisement of Dr. John Blake, and graduated in August 2016.
For my undergrad thesis I looked at the impact of urbanization on the richness, diversity and composition of bird communities in this big sprawling city. I am broadly interested in ecology and evolution of birds, mostly in tropical forest ecosystems.
For my dissertation I examined differentiation patterns (at different scales) and movement in the Yungas Manakin (Chiroxiphia boliviana), a lekking bird from the Neotropics (in the picture I am holding an adult male – at the Ecolodge El Jiri, in Nor Yungas, La Paz, Bolivia).
I am a regular runner, I run every other day 5 Km and I love it!
I love music, always exploring new artists and watching live bands whenever I can. Specially into rock (classic rock, indie rock, fusion), blues, trova, jazz, etc.
Literature lover, especially Latinamerican literature from the 60s, 70s and 80s (Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Marquez, Alejo Carpentier, Eduardo Galeano, among others). However, I enjoy reading good writers from different places (e.g. Herman Hesse, Desmond Morris).