INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS: VETERINARY MEDICINE

ALEXANDER GENOY DMV. MSc. PhD.

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Veterinarian and researcher specialized in compared pathology in wildlife and conservation medicine.

EDGAR REINA MVZ

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 He is currently the president of the Veterinary Association of Reptiles and Amphibians of Mexico. Specialist in medicine of  anphibian and reptile species. 

ELIANA REIKO MATUSHIMA

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  Veterinarian specialist in hematology and comparative pathology of wild species. Associate professor, founder and director of the Comparative Pathology of Wild Animals Laboratory at the University of São Paulo.

AINOA NIETO CLAUDÍN

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  Veterinarian specialist in conservation medicine. Director and associate researcher of the Charles Darwin Foundation Laboratory in the Galapagos Islands.

JOSÉ LUIZ CATÃO

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Veterinarian specialist in comparative pathology of wild species and conservation medicine. Founder and member of the Laboratory of Comparative Pathology of Wild Animals and head of the Department of Pathology of the FMVZ of the University of São Paulo. 

LUIS CARRILLO

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Veterinarian specialist in amphibians. Amphibian Ark trainer, regional representative, and conservation and breeding specialist for CBSG / SSC / IUCN in the regional office of Mexico.

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS: BIOLOGY, ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION

CARL FRANKLYN

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Specialist in biology, animal management and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Founder and Director of Texas Turtles Organization. 

He started his career in herpetology in 1995 at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) and the Fort Worth Zoo department of

herpetology.

MAHMOOD SASA

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Specialist in ecology, biogeography, field research, management of herpetological collections, snakes management, production of venom and antivenom, and conservation of herpetofauna. Professor at the School of Biology and researcher at the Clodomiro Picado Institute, both from the University of Costa Rica. 

ERIKA NOWAK

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Assistant Research Professor in the School of Earth and Sustainability and the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She has conducted over 25 years of research on the ecology, behavior, and management of venomous reptiles; and many venomous reptile awareness and handling trainings to combat ophidiophobia.

JEAN-MARC TOUZET

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 Herpetologist dedicated to the study of the biology and taxonomy of reptiles and amphibians. With extensive experience in handling reptiles in captive conditions in Ecuador and Europe.
Founder member of the Gustavo Orcés Herpetological Foundation and the Vivarium of Quito.

NATIONAL SPEAKERS: BIOLOGY, ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION

MARÍA ELENA BARRAGÁN

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 Specialist in management of venomous snakes and management of threatened species. Member of the Viper Specialist Group of the UICN and Executive Director of the FHGO (Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés) 

JUSTIN YEAGER

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Evolutionary biologist with interests centered in the evolution of vision and visual signaling in animals, with a particular emphasis in the processes that lead to population. divergence, hybridization, and/or speciation.

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS: SYSTEMATIC AND TAXONOMY

ERIC SMITH

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Specialist in biogeography, systematics, population genetics, morphology. Associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and associate curator of Herpetology at the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center.

NATIONAL SPEAKERS: SYSTEMATIC AND TAXONOMY

FERNANDO AYALA

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 Fernando Ayala-Varela is the director of the herpetology collection at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del 

Ecuador in Quito. He has dedicated a lot of time studying the lizards of Ecuador, specifically the taxonomy and ecology of Anolis species. His current research interests include reproductive biology  and ecology of lizards and snakes in Ecuador.

SPEAKERS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AREA:

HELENA ARROYO

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   Specialist in environmental education about wildlife. From 2008 to 2012 he was in charge of a collection of amphibians and reptiles of the Americas in Biodôme de Montréal, she also ventured into the field of education on endangered species and research related to amphibians and reptiles at the Center for Biodiversity and in the 1000 Days for the Planet project. She is currently working at Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI).

LAURA BRICEÑO

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Laura A. Briseño Cázares is a Biologist with a Master's Degree in Natural Resources Conservation. She is a specialist in handling reptile collections, particularly venomous snakes. She also is an Adviser on the development of safety and first aid protocols, University Professor of Animal Behavior and Environmental Education. She has been responsible for various conservation education projects.

SPEAKERS BIOTECHNOLOGY AREA:

ROGERIO LOESCH ZACARIOTTI

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  Veterinarian specialist in biotechnology of wildlife conservation. Associate researcher at the Institute of Research and Conservation of Tamanduás, collaborator in the Division of Physiology of Reproduction of the San Diego Zoological Institute for Conservation Research and the Pecaris Atlantic Forest Project of the Federal University of ABC.