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CORE TEAM

Larry Frolich-team leader

  • B.S., University of California, Berkeley (thesis on salamander digit variation with David Wake)

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago (thesis on aquatic-terrestrial transitions in salamanders with Andrew Biewener)

  • Currently post-doctoral Research Associate, Brown University

  • 8 years experience in conservation work in Northern Andes of Ecuador

  • 15 years experience in amphibian diversity research

  • Bi-lingual English, Spanish

  • U.S. national, Ecuadorian resident

[pictures of team coming soon]

Diego Almedia-field herpetologist

  • B.S., M.S., Universidad Central, Ecuador (theses on frog diversity in Podocarpus National Park)

  • Currently Research Associate, Project Coordinator Fundaciona Herpetologica Gustavo Orcese

  • Master's degree student, Universidad Central--Quito-Ecuador 

  • 10 years herpetological field experience in Ecuadorian Andes

  • Ecuadorian national

 

Fernando Nogales-field herpetologist

  • B.S., M.S., Universidad Central, Ecuador (theses on frog diversity in Podocarpus National Park)

  • Currently Research Associate, Project Coordinator, Fundacion Arco Iris

  • Master's degree student, Universidad Central--Quito-Ecuador 

  • 10 years herpetological field experience in Ecuadorian Andes

  • Ecuadorian national

 

Esmeralda Guevara-environmental education specialist

  • B.S., Natural Resource Engineering, Universidad Tecnica del Norte, Ecuador (thesis on ecotourism and landscape issues in northern Andes of Ecuador)

  • M.S., Education/Communication, Universidad Salesiana, Ecuador (thesis on use of web design to enhance availability of quality information for local land stewardship in northern Andes of Ecuador)

  • Currently Project Coordinator, Fundacion Vista del Paramo

  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish

  • Ecuadorian national, U.S. resident

 

Tim Sulser-computer expert, agricultural landscape economics

  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, Iowa State University (thesis on bilingual nature interpretive station for wildlife research conducted in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile)

  • M.A, Latin American Studies, University of Florida (thesis on modeling economic viability of agricultural alternatives in the northern Andes)

  • M.S. degree candidate, Agricultural Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, thesis in preparation.

  • Currently agricultural and biodiversity consultant, ARD

  • 8 years experience in community development and wildlife/biodiversity issues in northern Andes

  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish

 

Kaia Ambrose-community sociology expert

  • B.S., Latin American Studies, University of Trent (thesis on sustainable institution building for Latin American non-profit organizations)

  • M.S., Community Management of Natural Resources, Universidad Catolica del Ecuador-Ibarra (thesis on building sustainable inter-institutional networks with northern Andes of Ecuador as case study)

  • Currently project coordinator (sustainable uses for biodiversity in northern Ecuadorian Andes), Proyecto Paramo

  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish

  • Canadian national, Ecuadorian resident

 

Patthy Garcia-graphic designer

  • B.A., Universidad Catolica del Ecuador-Ibarra, Graphic Design

  • Currently owner-director, Glyphos Graphics, Ibarra-Ecuador

  • 5 years experience with environmental/wildlife graphic design in Ecuador

  • Graphic Design for Las Ranas de Los Andes Norte del Ecuador

  • Ecuadorian national

 

CONSULTING AND SUPPORT

Dr. Fausto Sarmiento, University of Georgia--Andean ecology and natural-cultural landscapes
Dr James Hanken, Harvard University, Director Museum of Comparative Zoology, Past  Director DAPTF (Declining Amphibian Population Task Force)--amphibian population monitoring and declines, field collecting, systematics, museum specimen preparation.
Dr. John Lynch, Universidad Estatal de Colombia--Andean frog diversity and systematics
Dr. Kevin deQuerioz, Smithsonian Institute--systematics, field collecting and museum specimen preparation
Dr. Marco Encalada, Project OIKOS--environmental education and project GLOBE link