Yellow-shouldered parrot: Venezuela
Once threatened by the pet trade, numbers of this beautiful parrot species have more than doubled in the last 10 years thanks to the efforts of an extraordinarily dedicated group of Venezuelan conservationists.
Want to hear more from Jon Paul? He's going to be participating in a live Q&A about how we can save species at 8pm on Thursday 1 April.
Jon Paul Rodríguez
Jon Paul Rodríguez is Professor at the Centre for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas – IVIC), and he is a founder, past Board Member (1987-2001, 2009-2012) and President (2001-2008, 2013-present) of Provita (a Venezuelan conservation NGO established in 1987). His undergraduate degree in biology is from Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas (1991). He was then awarded a Fulbright scholarship for a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University (1999).
In addition to serving on the Steering Committee of SSC, Jon Paul is actively involved in the development of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, an initiative led by the Commission on Ecosystem Management. His work focuses on understanding patterns in the spatial distribution of threatened species and ecosystems, as well as the underlying causes of these patterns, and the development of policy guidelines for biodiversity conservation. He is author or co-author of more than 150 publications, including many peer-reviewed articles in acclaimed scientific journals.
Photo credit: Alberto Blanco