Alexis Kovach
Field Biologist
Alexis earned her Master of Environmental Management degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2017, where she specialized in ecosystem science and community-based conservation. Prior to this, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. Serving as an agroforestry extension agent, she worked with rural subsistence farmers to promote sustainable agricultural practices to increase food security. She also taught environmental education at local schools and collaborated with communities on reforestation projects that focused on natural resource management and environmental stewardship. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. As a field biologist for the WCS Ecuador team, Alexis supports the development of conservation projects and encourages the participation of indigenous communities in conservation initiatives.
Camila Ribadeneira
Manager, Countering Wildlife Trafficking
Camila forma parte del equipo de WCS-Ecuador desde 2022. Camila es abogada ecuatoriana, cuenta con un master en criminología y más de 15 años de experiencia en Investigación documental, social y de campo sobre delitos ambientales, tráfico de vida silvestre, minería ilegal, derrames de hidrocarburos, infraestructura de alto impacto y crímenes de lesa humanidad. Ha colaborado con gobiernos nacionales e internacionales en el análisis de política pública y comportamiento social para diseño e implementación de proyectos de gobernabilidad locales y en zonas de frontera. Como alumna del Departamento de Estado de EEUU ha colaborado en tutorías a becarios, y ha sido miembro del comité de selección para programas de formación de líderes. Entre sus habilidades más destacadas de encuentran la inteligencia y gestión de la información.
Diana Paredes
Coordinator of the Landscape Ecology Department
Diana Paredes is the coordinator of the Landscape Ecology Department. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Geographic Engineering and the Environment from the Escuela Politécnica del Ejército, and worked for 3 years as a geographic consultant before graduating. She supports WCS Ecuador’s technical team with analyzing and modeling to create social and biological maps of our landscapes. Diana also works on issues of strengthening control and monitoring system of Ecuador's protected areas with the SMART tool.
Fernando Anaguano
Wildlife Biologist
Fernando Anaguano joined WCS Ecuador in 2013, and works primarily in Pastaza and Orellana provinces of Ecuador’s Amazon region on biological monitoring and wildlife conservation activities. Fernando has a degree in Biological and Environmental sciences from the Universidad Central del Ecuador, and has worked on various research projects in both the coastal and Amazon regions of Ecuador since 2010. He specializes in freshwater fish.
Galo Zapata
Science Director
Galo Zapata Ríos is another veteran member of WCS Ecuador. Since 2001, he has conducted fieldwork on a range of taxa (plants, insects, small and large mammals) and systems (Chocó wet forests, Andean ecosystems, and Amazon rainforests). He has also led the design and implementation of several large-mammal surveys and community-based wildlife management programs, in addition to training numerous conservationists ranging from university students to local indigenous people. Galo earned his BS in Biology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in 1997 and his master's degree in Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology from Ohio University in 2001. In 2014, he finished his PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida.
GIS Specialist
MARIA QUINGA serves as GIS Specialist at WCS.
Mayra Romero Calles
Communications Specialist
Mayra Romero Calles serves as Communications Specialist at WCS.
Pablo Viteri
Finance Manager
Pablo Viteri joined WCS Ecuador in 2009 and is our current Financial Manager. He leads the administrative-financial team, which is in charge of measuring and supervising the efficient use of resources. He has a degree from Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial in Accounting and Auditing.

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