Find out from Venezuela’s leading conservation biologist and chair of the Species Survival Commission how conservation efforts are saving endangered species – from sea turtles and tree kangaroos to one of the world’s rarest pines – and hear about his vision for enhancing conservation capacity around the world.

Want to hear more from Jon Paul? He participated in a live Q&A about how we can save species at 8pm on Thursday 1 April.

Jon Paul Rodríguez

Species Survival Commission (SSC) Chair Dr 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

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