Ana Luz Porzecanski is a conservation biologist with experience in scientific research, science education, teaching, professional training, and capacity development at multiple scales. Her primary interest is understanding biodiversity and how to sustain it effectively for the future. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, and her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she carried out research on the systematics and historical biogeography of South American aridland birds, as well as on international environmental policy issues. She has over a decade of experience coordinating and leading conservation capacity development projects, designing teaching materials for university professors and conservation professionals, and leading professional development for diverse educator audiences in Latin America, Africa and the United States. Dr. Porzecanski also teaches courses in conservation biology and evolution at Columbia University and New York University, where she is an adjunct faculty member.
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