Our staff

This is our work team. Here you will find who we are and how to contact us.

Bernal Herrera

Costa Rican forest engineer graduate of the National University of Heredia, Costa Rica. He obtained his master's degree in Silvicultural Management of Tropical Forests at CATIE. He has a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Regional Vice-president for Mesoamerica on the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. He is co-director of the Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors. For over 15 years he has made a strong commitment to the preservation of nature through research, education and their integration into decision making.

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Lindsay Canet Desanti

Costa Rican biologist and graduate of the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, with a Masters in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity from CATIE. She is on the faculty of CATIE’s Graduate School. Canet simultaneously serves as coordinator of the Thematic Interest Group on Biological Corridors for the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation and as liaison for the IUCN International Connectivity Conservation Network for Mesoamerica. With over 10 years of experience, she currently serves as a specialist in Protected Areas and Biological Corridors at CATIE.

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Yuri Martínez

Colombian Agroforestry Engineer and Social Management specialist from the University of Nariño. She obtained a master's degree in Management and Conservation of Tropical Forests and Biodiversity with a specialization in Development Practice at CATIE.

She is part of the team for the Kenton Miller Latin American Chair for Protected Areas and Biological Corridors. She has served as a consultant in local government positions and in the private sector, and she has expertise in research and university teaching at recognized schools in southwestern Colombia.

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Ximena Palomeque

Biologist from the University of Azuay, Ecuador, obtained her doctorate in Silviculture at Technische Universität München, Germany. As a CIM expert for the German government, she collaborates for the agreement between the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja and CATIE in the Protected Areas and Biological Corridors Unit.

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