Puerto Iguazú, Argentina
I´m a founding member of the Civil Association Centro de Investigaciones del Bosque Atlántico (CeIBA). The main goal of this institution was to generate an Institute that includes and give the academic umbrella to develop studies related to conservation of biodiversity in Northeastern Argentina to a group of biologists already working in the area. As the result, we consolidate the Instituto de Biología Subtropical (IBS) with the National University of Misiones and the National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET). The members or groups of the CeIBA (and IBS) are developing different projects that include the study of ecology, behavior and conservation of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, land use, etnobiology, forest ecophysiology and restoration, among others, generating baseline information and management tools that are used in the local community and protected areas. I am specializing on the study of the ecology and behavior of endangered mammals using different remote sensing as radiotelemetry and camera-traps to generate knowledge and tools that are being useful for the conservation, recovery and management of these species or the habitat where they are occurring. I started monitoring and studying reintroduced giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) since October 2007 as part of my doctoral thesis. The reintroduction of this species is a project developed by the conservationist NGO The Conservation Land Trust (CLT, www.theconservationlandtrust.org) that is dedicated to the creation and/or expansion of protected areas through the purchase and restoration of lands. This institution is developing numerous restoration activities, as the reintroduction of the giant anteater, the pampas deer (Ozotoceros bezoarticus) and others to come, like the jaguar (Panthera onca), project in which I will participate in the near future.