Resume

ALEJANDRA ECHEVERRI

EDUCATION

2015-present: PhD student in Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia. Supervisors: Dr. Kai M.A. Chan and Dr. Jiaying Zhao.
Lab websites: http://chanslab.ires.ubc.ca and http://zhaolab.psych.ubc.ca

2013-2015:  MSc in Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia,  Supervisor: Dr. Jiaying Zhao

2008-2012:  BSc. Biology, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. 2012.

2007: High School Degree, Colegio Gimnasio los Cerezos, Colombia.

AWARDS AND RESEARCH GRANTS

2017  GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award (CAD$500) for an exemplary non-thesis graduate student research paper deposited in the UBC library. UBC, Graduate Student Society, cIRcle

2017  Les Lavkulich Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service (CAD$500). UBC, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability

2016   National Geographic Young Explorers Grant. National Geographic Society, Conservation Trust.

2016  The Freda Pagani Award (CAD$600), for outstanding Masters’ thesis. UBC, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability

2016  Werner and Hildegard Hesse Research Award in Ornithology (CAD$1500), UBC

2015  The Graduate Global Leadership Fellowship (CAD$25,000 per year, for four years). The University of British Columbia.

2015   The Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (CAD$25,000 per year, for four years). The University of British Columbia. (Accepted in name).

2015W Faculty of Science Graduate Award (CAD$6,000). The University of British Columbia.

2013-2015 Colfuturo. Programa crédito-beca (US $48000). Colfuturo, Fundación para el futuro de Colombia.

2013W Faculty of Science Graduate Award (CAD $4000). The University of British Columbia.

2013W R Howard Webster Foundation Fellowship (CAD $2500). Graduate Residential College, Green College, The University of British Columbia.

PUBLICATIONS

peer-reviewed

Echeverri, A., Chan, K.M.A. & Zhao, J. (2017). How messaging shapes attitudes toward sea otters as a species at risk. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 22(2):142-156. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2016.1272146

Echeverri A., Callahan, M.M., Chan, K.M.A., Satterfield, T. & Zhao, J. (2017). Explicit not implicit preferences predict conservation intentions for endangered species and biomes. PLoS ONE, 12(1): https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0170973

Del Risco, Andrés A., and Alejandra Echeverri. (2011). Oilbird (Steatornis caripensis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Matamala, Mateo, and Ornithology Course 2010-20, Universidad de los Andes (edited by Alejandra Echeverri, Iliana Medina, Erika Salazar, Viviana Alarcón & C. Daniel Cadena). (2012). Bare-faced Ibis (Phimosus infuscatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Non peer-reviewed

Echeverri, A., McGlenn, S., Mill, S. & Wong, J. (2016). Ecosystem services in the proposed national park reserve for the South Okanagan: Lower Similkameen region. IRES Working Paper Series 2016-09. http://hdl.handle.net/2429/60701

Echeverri, A & Whitney C. (2016).  Science contributions to international conservation policies: a perspective from COP13 in Cancun, Mexico. Blog post for the CHANS lab

Echeverri Ochoa A. (2015). Exploring attitudes and preferences toward species at risk in British Columbia. Master’s thesis. Retrieved from ciRcle: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/54791

Echeverri, A. & Echeverri, A. (2015). What can conservation learn from fashion marketing? Blog post for the CHANS lab

Echeverri, A. (2013). Beautiful wings, bitter tragedy. Guest blog post for the CHANS lab

Echeverri, A. (2012). The whole story behind palm oil. The lunchbox- ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by I Have a Mango. CISV International.

Echeverri, A. (2012). What’s for dinner?. The lunchbox- ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by I Have a Mango. CISV International.

Echeverri, A. (2012). Water and sustainable development. The lunchbox- ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by I Have a Mango. CISV International.

Editor

The lunchbox– ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by I Have a Mango. 2012. CISV

CONFERENCES

Echeverri, A. & Chan, K. 2016. “Integration of cultural values for ecosystem services”. Talk presented at the 3rd Science for Biodiversity Forum (Cancun, Mexico). Presented in the panel: Biodiversity valuation for biodiversity mainstreaming and better governance: a contribution from the Future Earth Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network

Echeverri, A. 2016. “Is helping others the key to sustainability?”. Gladstone Secondary, Youth Engagement Panel, Vancouver, Canada.

Wang, Y., Luo, Y., Echeverri, A. & Zhao, J. 2016. “Visual and numerical representations of dynamic systems”. Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, United States.

Echeverri, A. 2015. “Sea otters are cute, right? How persuasive communication can be used for conservation”. Green College Member Series, Vancouver, Canada.

Echeverri, A. 2015. “Exploring attitudes and preferences toward species at risk in British Columbia”. Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability seminar, Vancouver, Canada.

Echeverri, A., Chan, K., Zhao, J. 2015. “How messaging shapes attitudes towards sea otters as a species at risk”. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Vancouver, Canada.

Echeverri, A. 2014. An internal perspective on the Colombian Conflict. Green College Member Series, Vancouver, Canada.

WORK EXPERIENCE

2015-Present: Researcher for FuturAgua, a research collaboration between institutions from Canada, France, Costa Rica, and the United States to inform future adaptation choices to drought.

July 2015- October 2015: AmbientalMente. Wildlife consultant for the project “Small hydroelectric dam Entre Aguas” in Antioquia, Colombia.

June 2013- August 2015:  Plyma S.A. Consulting in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and management plans for vertebrate fauna (with a special emphasis on birds) for civil infrastructure projects (e.g., road constructions, tunnels, buildings) and electrical projects (e.g., hydropower plants, transmission lines, PCH) in Antioquia, Colombia.

November 2012- July 2013: Consorcio Siga-Plyma-Plyma S.A. Environmental Impact Assessmentupdate management plan for the project “Túnel Aburrá-Oriente” (The tunnel of Aburrá-Oriente, connecting the east side of Medellín). Characterization of bird communities in the direct influence area of the project. Analysis of ecological connectivity and management plans for fauna.

September-December 2012: Plyma S.A.-Hidroturbinas Delta S.A. Characterization of the bird communities and management plans for birds in the project: ‘Evaluation of the hydropower potential of Rio Claro in order to install a small Hydroelectric power plant’. Searching for secondary information and coordinating other biologists in the project.

June-November 2012: Plyma S.A. Bird collision assessment with a communication tower in “Cerro el Volador”, Medellín, Colombia. Environmental Impact Assessment and management plan to mitigate collision events. Behavior study of birds

August 2011-May 2012: Norwegian Peace Corps (Fredkorpset)LNU (Norwegian Youth Council)CISV Norway/CISV Colombia. Project participant. ‘I have a mango’ cooperation project between Colombia and Norway. Activities: environmental education and peace education: workshops to youth in Sustainable development with a North/South perspective, blogging, book writing, producing a photo exhibition, interviewing researchers, workshops with refugees’ communities and children with a violent background. Bergen, Norway and Bogotá, Colombia.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017-I   Teaching assistant: Principles of Wildlife Management in Forests and Agricultural Environments, UBC. Course professor: Dr. Kristen Walker

2015-II  Teaching assistant: Agroecology. The University of British Columbia.
Course professor: Dr. Sean Smukler

2015-II  Teaching assistant: Animal welfare and conservation. The University of British Columbia.
Course professor: Dr. Kristen Walker

2014-II Teaching assistant: Earth Science for Engineers. The University of British Columbia.|
Course professors: Dr. Erik Eberhardt and Dr. Susan Hollingshead.

2014-I Teaching assistant: Introduction to Research in Environmental Science, UBC. Course Professors: Dr. Tara Ivanochko and Dr. Valentina Radic

2011-I Teaching assistant: Vertebrate Biology, Uniandes. Course Professor: Dr. Carlos Daniel Cadena O.

2010-II Teaching assistant: Ecology, Uniandes. Course Professor: Dr. Pablo Roberto Stevenson.

2010-II Teaching assistant: Evolution, Uniandes. Course Professor: Dr. Mauricio Linares P.

2010-I Teaching assistant: Vertebrate Biology, Uniandes. Course Professor: Dr. Carlos Daniel Cadena O.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

2016: Youth Delegate at COP13 of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN).

2016: President for the Resources, Environment, and Sustainability Student Society. Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability. The University of British Columbia.

1998-2014: Active member of CISV International via CISV Colombia.

2013-present: Member of the World Commission of Protected Areas (WCPA) Young Professionals Group, IUCN.

2013-2015: Resident, committee chair of the social committee, and member of the sustainability, membership and sports committees at Green College, UBC

2012: Volunteer, WWF Colombia. I co-organized Earth Hour, Bogotá in 2012 by enabling a collaboration between CISV Colombia with WWF Colombia.

2006-2007: Volunteer, Fundación Alejandra Vélez Mejía. To fundraise money and food items for children with leukaemia and other types of cancer.

LANGUAGES

Spanish: Native language.
English: Superior level
German: High-intermediate level
Mandarin Chinese: Level 1 (150 characters)
Norwegian (Bokmal): Basic level

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