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Juan Gerardo Zuloaga-Villamizar

Executive Director & Cofounder

Juan Zuloaga is passionate about wildlife, whether it is tracking jaguars, bird banding migratory birds or monitoring sea turtles. 

He is also passionate about global change biology/spatial ecology/conservation biology, and applying them to natural resources management.


His research focused on identifying broad-scale patterns of biodiversity, disentangling which environmental variables might be responsible for these patterns, and informing international community on how they could set conservation priorities based on scientific evidence.

He has also extensive experience in project management: coordinating multidisciplinary teams, developing environmental impact assessments and evaluating the performance of organizations and programs.


Juan Zuloaga has a B.Sc. in Biology from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, a GIS certificate from Ryerson University, a Master degree in Environmental Studies from York University and is a PhD in Biology from University of Ottawa.

He loves outdoors activities, photography and mountain bike. He loves mentoring and volunteering.


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Carlos Galán



Conservation needs people from different disciplines interested in making a difference and leaving a positive legacy for future generations.

This group of friends are willing to donate some of their time, expertise, skills and passion in their discipline to help EcodiversaTropical in planning, implementing and/or accomplishing its goals.

Sebastian Orue

Leadership and conservation advisor

Sebastian joined Ecodiversa Tropical in June 2017. Sebastian will oversee and coordinate various projects in leadership and conservation, providing education and training to youth and kids interested in participating in any of our programs.

Sebastian is a wildlife field biologist based in Ottawa, Canada. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences with option in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Ottawa in Ontario in 2014. Since then he has participated as a field assistant in a number of ornithology research projects in Canada, the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Galapagos and China. 

He is currently working as a seasonal field technician for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies in Montana collecting field data on grassland bird demographics. His background in wildlife and conservation field biology makes him well suited to provide field and project training to prospect interns.

Emily Acheson

Writing proposals and blogs

I am completing my PhD in Geography at the University of British Columbia in spatial modelling Cryptococcus gattii, a medically-relevant fungus. For my Master's degree at the University of Ottawa, I studied mosquitoes and tsetse flies that carry the parasites causing malaria and sleeping sickness, respectively.  My research uses GIS methods to approach disease vector or pathogen distributions from a macroecological perspective. I love writing, be it for fictional children's stories, website blogging, or scientific research manuscripts. I also have an obsession with learning about parasites and diseases.



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