I was born in Lima and raised in Iquitos, Peru. For my undergraduate studies I went back to Lima and obtained my bachelor in biology and a master in Conservation of Forestry Resources, both at Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. Now, PhD. student of the program of Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, member of the Bette Loiselle Lab.
I am interested in understanding how human activities impact wildlife. My experience has been mainly in the Peruvian jungle working with mammals but principally primates and bats.
For my undergrad thesis I generate a baseline of the endoparasites of spider monkey Ateles belzebuth chamek. For my master’s thesis I worked in the Central Yungas of Peru, generating a base-line information of the bat diversity present at two elevations (1200 and 2200 m.a.s.l.) in a pre-montane and a montane forest.
Before graduate school I was part of the Biodiversity program of the Smithsonian Biology Institute in a partnership with Repsol Exploración Perú. I participated in the Canopy bridges project where we evaluated impacts of the construction of a pipeline, and we tested the effectiveness of natural canopy bridges for arboreal mammals.
For my PhD dissertation I would like to understand how deforestation and adjacent land-use are affecting the bat community in the Madre de Dios region. For this I will investigate forest edge effects along different anthropogenic land-use types in a forest-dominated landscape.