Lucia Corral Hurtado
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|Degree||PhD in NRES (Applied Ecology)|
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3310 Holdrege Street
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I was born in Guatemala, but grew up in Nicaragua and Mexico. As a child in Nicaragua, and then as a teenager in Mexico, I had the opportunity to travel the countryside, getting to know, admire, and appreciate the various landscapes and wildlife. I always felt a special fascination for animals and how they live in their environments. I was also aware of the social dynamics in the rural areas within these countries and the links between people and nature. As a result of these experiences, I decided to study Biology, trying to become closer with the wilderness and understand not only animals, but their environments and how they interact with humans. While studying at the university in Guatemala, and then during my postgraduate studies in Brazil, my interest and passion for animals increased, and I chose to focus my area of study on mammals, particularly carnivores.
For my first master's, I developed a project to assess the conflict between predators and farmers around the Serra da Canastra National Park, where I obtained valuable results that contributed to the conservation of manned wolf in Brazil. For my second master's I worked on a project that evaluated the effectiveness of two survey methods for monitoring swift fox, with the goal of gathering helpful information to design a more efficient survey protocol.
My main interest has always been linked to applied scientific research within wildlife ecology and management. In recent years, my interest has concentrated on wildlife ecology of carnivores. I am therefore trying to focus my efforts towards a deeper study of all aspects of their management and conservation. From my studies and work, I have reaffirmed my belief that it is crucial to make specific efforts to harmonize the objectives of human development and biodiversity conservation, and that participation of local communities is a key factor to ensure the sustainability of any ecological program.
- M.S. Wildlife Ecology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012
- M.S. Ecology, Conservation, and Management of Wildlife, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2007
- B.S. Biology, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala, 2004
- Teaching Assistant - Wildlife Ecology and Management, UNL 2010 - 2011
- Researcher/teacher - Centro de Estudios Ambientales of Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2008 - 2010
- Assistant of Administrative Department, Fundacion Defensores de la Naturaleza, Guatemala, 2004
- Research Assistant - Geographic Information System and Remote Sensors Laboratory, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2003
- Teaching Assistant - Geographic Information System and Remote Sensors, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2003
- Teaching Assistant - Mammalogy, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2002
- Teaching Assistant - Biology 1 & 2, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2000-2001
- Technician - "Field verification of the interpretation of satellite maps for Chiquimula's State, Guatemala", St. Cloud State University and the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 2000
- Assistant in the Invertebrates Collection, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 1999-2000.
- Technician - "High resolution seismic survey of the Peten Lake District, Northern Guatemala: Implications for human disturbance and Maya cultural evolution". Federal Institute of Switzerland, University of Florida and the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 1999
Fellowships, Honors, and Awards
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program, 2010-2012
- Scholarship for postgraduate studies of CAPES (Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior), PEC-PG Program, Brazil, 2004-2007
- Scholarship for the course of Field Methodology in Tropical Ecology and Conservation II, Uaxactun, Guatemala; financed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the International Center for Tropical Ecology of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis University, with support from Wildlife Conservancy Society of Guatemala, 2003
- Scholarship for B.S. in Biology. Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, 1998-2003
- Presentation Type: Thesis Defense
- Date: 4/17/2012
- Other - Univ del Valle de Guatemala, (2004)
- MS - Univ Federal de Minas Gerais, (0)
- MS - University of Nebraska - Lincoln, (2012)
- 2016 – Arthur William Sampson Fellowship awarded by Center for Grassland Studies, UNL
- 2010 – Fulbright Foreign Student Program
- 2004 – Scholarship for post graduate studies of CAPES (PEC-PG), Brazil, Master (2004-2007)
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