Our team

The team of "TERRA NATURALIS. Nature, Culture and Development" is formed by the Board of Directors, which is made up of three experts in nature conservation and our collaborators, an exceptional group of people who collaborate and work with us.

Jorge Fernández Layna

President


Degree in Biological Science.

He began his professional experience since the beginning of the 1990s, mainly was focused on conservation projects for endangered species, such us mediterranean monk seal, arctic wolves, western capercaillie, brown bears and bearded vultures. He has extensive experience in international conservation projects. He has been worked on numerous projects developed in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. In recent years he has devoted a large part of his professional activity to the management of populations of wild ungulates, wild rabbits and invasive alien species. In recent years he has devoted a major part of his professional activity to the management of populations of wild ungulates, european rabbit and invasive alien species. Currently he works in the coordination and development of a reintroduction project of the Quebrantahuesos.



José Luis González López

Secretary


PhD in Biological Science.

Dr. José has a thirty-five years of professional experience in the field of animal ecology, monitoring of species, conservation of nature and natural resources. He works as director and coordinator of numerous studies and projects on monitoring and conservation of threatened species. He is the author and co-editor of more than a dozen books and scientific articles about natural species and biodiversity. He is the editor of the Red Book of the Vertebrates of Spain.



María Pérez Ortega

Treasurer


Degree in Biological Science.

Master's Degree in Geographic Information Technologies.
Specialist in Geographic Information Systems, environmental modeling, cartography, remote sensing and database management. International experience during two years in Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania as a biologist and specialist in Geographic Information Systems. There, she was involved in developing monitoring and conservation projects of threatened species, as well as valuation projects, delimitation and proposal of designation of protected natural areas. Experience for 10 years in nature conservation projects, wetland inventories, management of protected areas and invasive alien species.



Alba Meijide Méndez

Terra Naturalis' team


Degree in Environmental Science.

Official Master's Degree in Geographic Information Technologies. Specialist in geographic information systems, remote sensing and cartographic production. Three-year work experience in different European and national environmental projects related to landscape, ecological connectivity and conservation and monitoring of threatened species. Full-scale experience as a GIS technician performing tasks of information analysis, cartography and study and characterization of the territory. Experience in monitoring studies of alpine birds in Picos de Europa. Training in interpretation of the natura and environmental education.



Javier Herrera Gómez

Terra Naturalis' team


Degree in Veterinary

Experience in zoological centers (Centro Integral Canino de Majadahonda y Pabellón de Medicina y Cirugía Experimental del Hopsital Gómez Ulla). Full-scale teaching experience in various environmental education programs and postgraduate (master) programs related to threatened species, the environment, environmental impact assessment, and waste management. (Universidad Politécnica- Centro Desarrollo Directivos, Ayuntamiento de Alcalá de Henares) More than 10 years of experience in carrying out studies and censuses of threatened fauna. Environmental impact assessments of different infrastructures (parques eólicos).



Miguel Rico Barroeta

Terra Naturalis' team


Degree in Biological Science.

Specialist in Zoology. Master's Degree (MSc) in Tropical Amphibian Ecology at the State Rio de Janeiro State University (Brazil). Experience in a great number of projects related to birds and mammals, especially carnivores. Great connoisseur and international expert of the most varied ecosystems: from the Canadian Arctic, the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees to the plains of the Pantanal or the Brazilian jungles, passing through the Castilian steppes.



Yambo Yu (俞妍博)

Terra Naturalis's team


Degree in Soil/Water Conservation and Desertification Combating (Beijing Forestry University).

Master's Degree in Ecology (UAM/UCM) / Master's Degree in Landscape (UPM).
Two years’ experience as Project Director in Ecological Restoration Techniques, Landscape Design and Environmental impact assessment. Assistant engineer in the design of public parks and artificial landscapes (Shenzhen, China). Experience in projects related to threatened and exotic invasive species since 2016 (Spain).



Silvia Majo del Río

Terra Naturalis' team


Degree in Environmental Science.

Master in Conservation Biology. Practical Master in Conservation and Development in CATIE (Costa Rica).
Participation in projects related to the conservation and management of habitats and species. Experience in facilitating participatory processes related to the governance of protected areas and rural areas.
Inmersion in various social initiatives from different countries promoting rural development processes, favoring spaces for dialogue and the exchange of experiences. Training in environmental education.



Mario Álvarez Soto

Terra Naturalis' team


Degree in Biology.

Master's Degree in Ecology (UAM and UCM).
Specialized in design, cartographic and statistical analysis and writing of technical reports. Work experience of more than 3 years in cartography, remote sensing, census and monitoring of threatened species in Protected Natural Areas. Experience in photointerpretation, characterization and inventory of wetlands and assessment of their state of conservation.
Training in data analysis and modeling, development and design of web pages as well as in various programming languages ​​such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and R.



Tomás Velasco

Terra Naturalis' team


Degree in Biological sciences.

More than thirty years of experience in ornithological studies and monitoring, especially of waterfowl, in several Spanish autonomous communities. More than 50 scientific and informative publications on avifauna, with several books published. Co-author of the Bird Guide of Castilla y León. Environment Defender Award of Castilla-La Mancha (2007). He is currently working on a long-term follow-up (more than 25 years) on the aquatic avifauna linked to the wetlands of La Mancha.



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