Comparative Ecology and Conservation



Diego Quiroga, PhD
Diego holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is vice president of external and student affairs at the University of San Francisco Quito, where he has also served as dean of the graduate school, dean of academic affairs, dean of social sciences, and full-time professor. He also co-directs the Galápagos Academic Institute for the Arts and the Sciences. His area of expertise is sociocultural anthropology, and his interests include medical anthropology, environmental anthropology, and indigenous and Afro-American cultures of Latin America. He has conducted extensive research in Ecuador, and his work has been published in prestigious academic journals.

Tatiana Santander, MSc
Tatiana is an Ecuadorian biologist who holds an MS in natural protected areas from the Autonomous University, Madrid, Spain, and a BS in biology from the Catholic University of Ecuador. She works for one of the leading conservation nongovernmental organizations in Ecuador, Aves y Conservación (Birds and Conservation). One of her main research activities was an in-depth study on the biology and conservation of the Nazca booby in the Galápagos Islands. Tatiana has led expeditions to discover and monitor endangered bird species, and she works with local communities to develop participatory, educational, and technical training programs.