- Phd Candidate in Resources, Environment, and Sustainability
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
- Environmental consultant and technical advisor in Endémica Consultores
2015-present: PhD 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
2018 Raja Rosenbluth Award for Women in Biological Sciences (CAD$5000). Faculty of Science, the University of British Columbia.
2017 Killam Laureate. Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Graduate Scholarship (CAD$60.000) for doctoral research. Killam Trusts (assigned through UBC).
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.
Echeverri, A., Naidoo, R., Karp, D.S., Chan, K.M.A. & Zhao, J. (2019). Iconic manakins and despicable grackles: Comparing cultural ecosystem services and disservices across stakeholders in Costa Rica. Ecological Indicators. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105454
Karp, D.S., Echeverri, A., Zook, J., Juárez, P., Ke, A., Krishnan, J., Chan, K.M.A. & Frishkoff, L.O. (2019). Remnant forest in Costa Rican working landscapes fosters bird communities that are indistinguishable from protected areas. Journal of Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13419. Media coverage: http://wfcb.ucdavis.edu/seminars-blogs/news/working-landscapes-can-support-diverse-bird-species
Echeverri, A., Frishkoff, L.O., Gomez, J.P., Zook, J., Juarez, P., Naidoo, R., Chan, K.M.A. & Karp, D.S. (2019). Precipitation and tree cover gradients structure avian alpha diversity in North-western Costa Rica. Diversity and Distributions. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12932
Dinat, D., Echeverri, A., Chapman, M., Karp, D.S. & Satterfield, T. (2019). Eco-xenophobia among rural populations: The Great-tailed Grackle as a contested species in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. https://doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2019.1614239. Media coverage: https://www.elheraldo.co/columnas-de-opinion/weildler-guerra-c/ecoxenofobia-632505
Frishkoff, L.O., Echeverri, A., Chan, K.M.A. & Karp, D.S. (2018). Do correlated responses to multiple environmental changes exacerbate or mitigate species loss?. Oikos. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.05288
Echeverri, A., Karp, D.S., Naidoo, R., Zhao, J. & Chan, K.M.A. (2018). Approaching human-animal relationships from multiple angles: a synthetic perspective. Biological Conservation, 224: 50-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.05.015
Karp, D.S., Frishkoff, L.O., Echeverri, A., Zook, J., Juárez, P. & Chan, K.M.A. (2017). Agriculture erases climate-driven ß-diversity in Neotropical Bird Communities. Global Change Biology, 00:1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13821
Echeverri, A. & Chan, K.M.A. (2017). Conservation of Ecosystem Services. Oxford bibliography. 10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0186
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.
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.
The lunchbox– ready-to-eat sustainable development bites made by I Have a Mango. 2012. CISV
Echeverri, A. 2019. “Iconic Manakins And Despicable Grackles: Comparing Bird-Related Cultural Ecosystem Services across Stakeholder Groups in Costa Rica”. Talk presented at the Natural Capital Symposium 2019 (Stanford University, Palo Alto, United States of America).
Presented in the session: Urban ecosystem services
Echeverri, A., Karp, D.S., Naidoo, R., Zhao, J., Chan, K.M.A. 2018. “Iconic Manakins and Despicable Grackles: Comparing the Cultural Values of Birds Across Farmers, Urbanites and Birders in Guanacaste, Costa Rica”. Talk presented at the International Ornithological Congress (Vancouver, Canada). Presented in the session: Integrating human cultural perspectives in bird conservation: the role of ethno-ornithological research and practice.
Echeverri, A. 2017. “Exploring attitudes and preferences towards species at risk in British Columbia”. Talk presented at the International Congress for Conservation Biology (Cartagena, Colombia). Presented in the session: Social sciences for conservation 2.
Echeverri, A. & Chan, K.M.A. 2017. “Payments for Ecosystem Services: Rife with Problems and Potential—for Transformation towards Sustainability”. at the International Congress for Conservation Biology (Cartagena, Colombia). Presented in the symposium titled: Co-benefits as incentives for conservation in human-dominated landscapes.
Echeverri, A. & Chan, K.M.A. 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.
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.
2018-I Teaching assistant: Principles of Wildlife Management in Forests and Agricultural Environments, UBC. Course professor: Dr. Kristen Walker
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.
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.
Spanish: Native language.
English: Superior level
German: High-intermediate level
Mandarin Chinese: Level 1 (150 characters)
Norwegian (Bokmal): Basic level