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LACA Board of Directors

Dear SCB LACA Members,

We invite you to submit nominations for the next Board of Directors (BOD) elections for the Latin America and Caribbean Section (LACA) of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) by 26 November 2017. We have five seats that will be opening:

President Elect
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Communications
Director of Nominations

For more info, or translation of the call for applications in Spanish or Portuguese, please CLICK HERE.

Current Board

Olivier Chassot, President
Tropical Science Center, Costa Rica

Anthony J. Giordano, President Elect
S.P.E.C.I.E.S./LifeScape International, Inc. and Texas Tech University, United States

Sandra Pompa Mansilla, Director of Communications
Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, Mexico

Tsitsi McPherson, Director of Nominations
State University of New York at Oneonta

Nigel Noriega, Chief Financial Officer
Director and Founder of Sustainable Innovation Initiatives

Armando Valdés Velázquez, Director of Education
Director of Planning and Development at the Research Centre for Integral & Sustainable Development (CIDIS) within the Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH).Associate Professor with the School of Sciences & Philosophy at the UPCH, Lima, Perú

Mariana Lucero Múzquiz Villalobos, Director of Chapters
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico

Heliot Zarza Villanueva, Director of Membership
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Lerma, Mexico

Dolors Armenteras, Secretary
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia


 “I am extremely grateful to all our outgoing Board Members; not only were they the very best colleagues I could wish to work with, but they also became good friends I can rely on.” - said LACA Section President Olivier Chassot. 

Ana Luz Porzecanski, Director of Education (ex-officio)
American Museum of Natural History, United States

Valeria Towns, Director of Membership and Programs (ex-officio)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Karla Pelz Serrano, Secretary (ex-officio)
CBS Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Lerma, Mexico

Eduardo Ponce Guevara, Director of Chapters (ex-officio)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Rurik List, Past-President
CBS Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Lerma, Mexico

Future Members

If you are interested in being a member of the Latin America and Caribbean Board you must be a member of SCB and a member of the Section. Generally 2 to 4 board members are elected annually. The Call for Nominations goes out in November or December and the election runs in December or January. Each year section members receive an email about the open positions and the start of the election process. For more information about getting involved with this board, please contact