As you may have noticed, my interests are quite broad, so I have been involved in many projects. Some have been academic, some others have been in NGOs and some others in industry. I believe good work is needed everywhere in order to achieve a sustainable world. Here are some examples of my previous projects.
Academic work- “Sea otter project”
My sea otter project was a messaging project that tried to answer the following questions: How do urban residents of British Columbia perceive sea otters? and How can messaging help shape people’s attitudes towards sea otters?. This was part of my MSc research and I am still working on the manuscripts, so I’ll post later my findings.
Academic work- “Endangered species and biomes project”
Another interesting project that I recently completed was understanding how people think about endangered species and threatened biomes. This project mostly analyzes people’s perceptions and motives for conservation, while understanding preferences for species. This research was conducted with my friend and colleague Meggie Callahan and our supervisors Dr. Jiaying Zhao, Dr. Kai M.A. Chan, and Dr. Terre Satterfield.
NGO work- “I have a mango” project
I have a mango is a project to think, educate and act for development and sustainability.
This project was a 9 month long program funded by The Norwegian Children and Youth Council (LNU) and the Norwegian Peace Corp. We were 4 participants (2 Norwegians and 2 Colombians) who worked doing mostly organizational development, peace education and environmental education. We did tons of workshops in many different topics, we wrote a book, we created bonds with other organizations and we did activities with people from all ages.
This project was very important for me because it made me realize what I wanted to do later in my career.
Industry work- Environmental consultant in Plyma S.A.
I still work as a consultant and I am in charge of writing reports and doing the field work as an ornithologist. My passion for birds goes beyond having an academic interest, so I try to design management plans and strategies for them. I like this job a lot because it intertwines with civil engineering and broadens my understanding of the world.