I am an Ecuadorian natural sciences researcher and professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, science writer and communicator, and virtual communication enthusiast (blogs, social networks). I have published ca. 100 scientific papers about amphibians, reptiles, birds, biodiversity conservation, and several popular articles about birding, evolution, scientific diffusion, among others.
I am a Humanist... someone who makes sense of the world using reason, experience, and shared human values. I take responsibility for my actions and base my ethics on the goals of welfare, happiness, and fulfilment. I consider that humans are just one of the parts of Earth's biological diversity, thus in order to achieve my goals, the planet and its biodiversity must be preserved. I seek to make the best of the one life I have by creating meaning and purpose for myself, individually and socially. I am analytical, pragmatic, and try to be as much logical as possible, often with low tolerance for spin or rampant emotionalism. I am also commonly not susceptible to catchphrases and commonly do not recognize authority based on tradition, rank or title. I am very independent and sometimes individualistic, appreciating independence of thought and creativity.