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José F. González-Maya

  • BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Scientific Director
  • The Sierra to Sea Institute
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I am a biologist with emphasis on ecology and sustainable development from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, MSc in Management and conservation of tropical forests and biodiversity of the Tropical Agriculture Research and Education Centre - CATIE, and PhD in Sciences from the Institute of Ecology of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. My work has been related to the research and conservation planning of tropical vertebrates and ecosystems, and ecology, management and conservation of mammals. I am currently Scientific Director for ProCAT Colombia/International, Co-chair of the Small Carnivore Specialist Group and Vice-president of the Colombian Mammalogical Society. I have published over 90 articles in national and international journals, indexed and peer reviewed, more than 20 book chapters, 6 books and numerous media articles and congress presentations. I am also currently Director / Editor-in-chief of the Latin American Journal of Conservation, Small Carnivore Conservation and Mammalogy Notes, Aluna Newsletter Editor and member of the editorial board of Revista Mexicana de Mastozoología, Frontiers and Journal of Research in Biology. I have also reviewed for numerous scientific journals and I'm also peer reviewer for the Conservation Leadership Program and the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation in Colombia. Currently, I am part of the Small Carnivore, Cat, Tapir and the Crocodile Specialist Groups of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Member of several scientific societies such as the American Society of Mammalogists, the Colombian Society of Primatology, the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation, the Colombian Association of Zoology, Biologists College of Costa Rica, and the IUCN WCPA / SSC Biodiversity and Protected Areas Task Force and serve as Regional Representative for Costa Rica and Colombia for the Wild Felid Research and Management Association. I also direct the Wildlife and ecosystems management and conservation research group and co-direct the Hidrobiological Resources research, management and conservation research group both registered and endorsed by COLCIENCIAS (category C and D, respectively), and belong to the Neotropical fauna and strategic ecosystems management and conservation research group – Miku Neotropico. I was recently warded with the Future for Nature Award and the Wiliam T Hornaday Conservation Award of the American Society of Mammalogists.

Recent publications

  • Interaction behavior and vocalization of the baird’s tapir Tapirus bairdii from Talamanca, Costa Rica

    • Gómez-Hoyos D
    • Escobar-Lasso S
    • Brenes-Mora E
    • et al.
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  • Baird ’ s tapir density in high elevation forests of the Talamanca region of Costa Rica

    • González-Maya J
    • Schipper J
    • Polidoro B
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Scientific Director

The Sierra to Sea Institute

January 2012 - Present


Proyecto de Conservación de Aguas y Tierras, ProCAT Colombia

June 2008 - Present


ProCAT Internacional

June 2005 - Present


PhD in Sciences

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

January 2011 - Present

MSc in Tropical forests and biodiversity management and conservation

CATIE - Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza

January 2005 - March 2008(3 years)

BSc in biological sciences

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

April 2001 - April 2004(3 years)

Co-authors (210)