Rodrigo has a degree in Biology from the University of San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He moved to Santa Cruz de la Sierra to work in Armonía between 2003 and 2005. During this time, he lead multidisciplinary teams of biologists working within the Key Biodiversity Areas of Bolivia (a collaborative project by the University of Glasgow, Association Armonía, and the Museum of Natural History Noel Kempff Mercado). He later developed the Conservation and Research Program for the Horned Curassow, discovering the population of this endangered species in the TIPNIS. In 2005, he began his PhD at the University of Goettingen, Germany and obtained it in 2009. He rejoined Armonía in 2011 as our Program Director and became Executive Director in 2016.
Born in Quebec City, Canada, Bennett studied biology at the University of Toronto. He worked in the Congo for one year, before moving to Bolivia where he devoted himself full-time to bird conservation. Bennett has been CEO of Asociación Armonía since 2003 and Development Director since 2016. His work over the years has been very varied – from a field investigator, to coordinator of conservation programs, to supervisor of projects and he now devotes a large percentage of his time in raising and administrating funds. Bennett has produced thousands of successful proposals for Armonía’s conservation programs. He speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Sebastian is a conservation ecologist with 21 years’ experience in South America, mainly in Bolivia and the tropical Andes. He studied biology and ecology in his home country of Germany and in California, USA. He has a doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Oldenburg and was a postdoctoral fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Since 2002, he has been the Scientific Director of Armonía. He has authored or coauthored more than 40 articles published in scientific journals. Since 2008, he has worked as an external investigator for the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and has been co-leading two multidisciplinary projects on climate change and its impact on biodiversity and ecosystems of the tropical Andes. On these projects he has lead teams of experts and collaborators, working together with NGOs, academia and relevant governments in the region.
For five years, German was the National Director of a care home in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia that he helped setup for children and young people at risk. In 2011, he joined the Armonía team as administrative director. German has a degree in business administration from Saint Thomas University in Miami. He is married and has a four year old daughter.
Conservation Program Coordinator of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve
After eight years working on his own business as an arborist, Tjalle decided to return to forest and bird conservation, which he had studied. In 2014, he obtained a Master of Science in Forest and Nature Conservation, specializing in Terrestrial Ecology, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. In 2015, he joined the Armonía team as Conservation Program Coordinator of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve.
Conservation Program Coordinator of the Red-fronted Macaw
Guido was born in the Municipality of Saipina in Bolivia. As the son of farmers, he grew up in the countryside, surrounded by forests and wildlife. His love for nature inspired him to become a biologist. Throughout his college career, he volunteered in a Natural History Museum. As the coordinator of the Red-fronted Macaw program he now collaborates with rural communities and his hope is that humans will learn to understand that biodiversity is the mainstay of everyone’s life.
Mónica Beatriz San Cristóbal Gonzales
Polylepis Reforestation Program Coordinator
Born in La Paz, Mónica studied Biology at the University of San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She devoted her whole professional career to conservation and environmental studies. She has been working at Armonía since 2006 as coordinator of the Bolivian Spinetail (Cranioleuca henricae) Consesrvation Program. Currently Mónica is the coordinator of the Polylepis Reforestation Project overseeing the restauration of the critical biodiversity hotspot of the Tropical Andes.
Conservation Program Coordinator of the Horned Curasow
Teo studies Biology at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS). His deep motivation to learn from research and conservation projects across Bolivia led him to become part of several project of the UMSS, Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny and Armonía. Teo is the current coordinator of Armonía’s Pauxi unicornis project.
Leny Vargas Rocha
Leny has been working for a long time as accountant of several conservation organizations and has a natural passion for outdoors and conservation. She graduated from Gabriel Rene Moreno Autonomous University and has master of science degree in accounting.
Maite Aguilera Villarroel
Maite has a master of science degree in accountancy from UDABOL university in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Maite always considered to work in conservation related non-profits, as she is keen to contribute with her two cents to the conservation of the Bolivian avifauna.
Yoselin Rocio Saveedra Umaña
Yoselin feels a great passion for conservation. Before coming to Armonía, she worked in the Lomas de Arena Regional Park and was responsible for the interpretation center. She earned a bachelor of science in conservation at Bolivia’s state university.
Born in Hungary, Márton felt a natural passion for wildlife and conservation from the very beginnings. He studied Political Science in Spain, and worked as a freelance journalist in Paraguay and Bolivia. Márton joined Armonía in July 2016 as a communications officer.
Silvia has been a core part of the Armonía team since 2010 and is a nurse by profession. She is always smiling and ready to provide assistance to the management team and all those who visit the office in Santa Cruz.