Simon Quintero Corzo (2019)
Alumni Diploma Students
I am a Biologist from Colombia, passionate about wildlife, photography, and culture. I did a bachelor and a master degree in biological sciences and my research had centred in the ecology, conservation and distributional patterns of neotropical reptiles. I participated as a student assistant in the elaboration of the National Management Plan for the conservation of the Slider turtle, and I designed and implemented a monitoring protocol for natural populations of the species that are under human exploitation.
I’ve been working as a field researcher in Panthera for the last three years, mainly as part of the felid-human conflict program. Carrying out camera trap surveys, visiting ranches with active cattle predation, and develop anti-predatory strategies to reduce the incidence of felid attacks to livestock, are some of my daily activities in the field.
I am excited to be part of the WildCRU’s Wildlife Conservation Diploma, looking forward to strengthening my knowledge in relation to the ecology and conservation of carnivores, as well as to improve my skills in GIS, data analysis, and scientific communication. I believe that working in favour of the protection and conservation of top predators, hand in hand with landowners, local communities and policymakers, is a great opportunity to preserve the integrity of ecosystems and enhance human well-being; I will continue in the pursuit of these goals.