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Galo Zapata Rios

Galo Zapata Rios

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Galo Zapata-Rios is the science director for Wildlife Conservation Society's Ecuador program. He joined WCS in 2001, and in different capacities has been involved in several research and conservation initiatives. Currently, Galo is working on five projects across Ecuador, involving work in Amazon rainforests, Andean highlands, and Chocó wet forests. These projects include the creation of reserve networks, community-based wildlife management, mitigation of human-wildlife conflict, and wildlife monitoring at the landscape scale. Galo has a BS in Biological Sciences from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, an MS in Environmental Studies from Ohio University, and a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida.