Gamaliel Castañeda

Gama received his Ph.D. in wildlife management from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and has taught biology, conservation biology, and biodiversity at Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango since 2008. He has pursued ecological studies on lizards and turtles and tortoises within the Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion and has supported research and conservation programs at the Biosphere Reserve of Mapimí and Cuatro Ciénegas Protected Area. He and his team supported a fieldwork monitoring program for the Coahuila Box Turtle (Terrapene coahuila) and promoted local interest in wetland conservation. He has been involved in several Mexican societies promoting conservation and research of emblematic and vulnerable species. He advises the Turtle Conservancy on our project in Durango, Mexico to conserve the Bolson Tortoise (Gopherus flavomarginatus) and its habitat. His personal interest is to study endemic species from the arid lands of México in order to help avoid extinctions of these species. He currently lives in Lerdo city, Durango, México.