Staff

 


Ana V Garrido
Program Manager
Ana has a bachelor´s degree in Biology from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), completed her master´s degree in 2008 in Applied Ecology by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and completed a graduate specialization in Management Systems in 2009. She has worked as a researcher with the UFRJ Limnology Laboratories and in Scientific Projects Management at the UB Agencia de Politiques i de Qualitat. Ana started with WCS Brazil in 2011, and today is responsible for the Institutional Development of the Brazil Program.
André Almeida Ramos
Finance and Administrative Assistant
André Ramos is graduated in PE at the Universidade do Norte in Manaus and has 9 years of experience in the administrative and financial routines of public agencies and private companies. At WCS Brazil André is responsible for processing the finance data into WCS Brazil ERP system in order to guarantee the correct registration of the the accounting and financial information, and assists the Finance Manager with the Manaus office daily routine. He also helps the techinical staff with the logistic and organization of workshops and field trips.
Camila R Ferrara
Aquatic Ecologist
Camila Ferrara has a veterinary degree and has always been very interest in chelonian (turtles, tortoises, and terrapins) behavior and ecology and has been working in Amazon since 2003. During this time she completed her masters and PhD in Aquatic Biology, with a focus on turtle ecology and conservation, at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) in Manaus, Brazil. She also coordinated for two years on the project Tartarugas da Amazonia (Turtles of Amazonia), managing field-based monitoring efforts, work with local-communities to protect nesting beaches, and environmental education activities. She began working for WCS in March 2013 as the Aquatic Wildlife Ecologist for the Brazilan Amazon Program. Her responsibilities include creating a conservation plan for freshwater turtles in Amazonas State, training professionals, students, and local community members in wildlife monitoring techniques, and coordinating WCS monitoring and conservation efforts aimed at aquatic wildife (especially turtles) priority areas.
Carlos Durigan
Country Director
Carlos Durigan has an academic background in Geography and a wide experience in Environmental Conservation of the Amazon, where he lives and works for more than 20 years. Since finishing his master´s degree in Ecology at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), he has been engaged in a variety of activities related to biodiversity conservation. These activities have included creation and implementation of protected areas; multidisciplinary, field-based research on biodiversity and socioeconomic diversity; and participation in biological, socioeconomic and ethno-environmental surveys to support projects and actions in conservation units and indigenous lands. He has also participated in a variety of forums and NGOs networks, that have contributed to the formation of socio-environmental public policies for the Amazon region.
Guillermo Estupinan
Fisheries Specialist
Guillermo has a bachelor degree in Biology from the Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, and a master degree in Freshwater Biology and Inland Fisheries from the National Institute for Amazon Research (INPA). He is specialized in fisheries management, creation and implementation of conservation units, and has professional experience in non-governmental and governmental institutions. Working on the Amazon region since 2000 he has coordinated and participated in several actions focused on the income generation for traditional populations, public policy formulation and preparation of management plans for protected areas. He joined the Amazon WCS-Brazil Program in January 2014 to coordinate the actions of fisheries management and aquatic landscapes.
Luz Dary Acevedo
Wildlife Health Program/ Wildlife Trafficking
Luz Dary is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DVM from the Universidad del Tolima (Ibagué, Colombia). For more than 15 years, she has worked in wildlife health, management, and conservation in different zones of the country, especially in protected areas. She coordinated the Wildlife Program and generated the National Wildlife Strategy for National Parks of Colombia. Her experience Wildlife Health has been focused on the surveillance of diseases and the assessment of associated risk factors to reduce threats in different species and landscapes, including the development of conservation initiatives with peasant, indigenous, and Afro-descendant communities. She joined the WCS Colombia Program in 2012 and since then she has coordinated the Wildlife Health Program and since 2017 she has led the initiatives of the Colombia Program to reduce Wildlife trafficking, jointly with WCS countries in the Andes-Amazonia region. With the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, she supports the implementation of the National and Binational Strategies for the prevention and control of wildlife trafficking, as well as the National conservation programs for threatened species, especially amphibians and primates.