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Andrew A Cunningham
Professor Cunningham is Deputy Director of the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, where he leads a research group on wildlife epidemiology. He discovered a viral disease of amphibians in the UK, published the first definitive report of the global extinction of a species due to an infectious disease, and participated in the international group that discovered chytridiomycosis in amphibians. Since 2005 he has been working in Chile with different species of wildlife, and since 2016 he has been a senior scientific advisor to our NGO.
Dr. Schmidt leads a research group in amphibian conservation biology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is a scientific collaborator of the Swiss Coordination Center for the Protection of Amphibians and Reptiles in Switzerland (www.karch.ch). Dr. Schmidt is primarily interested in the study and application of evidence-based amphibian conservation, the study of population dynamics of wild amphibians, and the study of environmental DNA. Since 2017 he has been a senior scientific advisor to the NGO Ranita de Darwin.
Dr. Azat is Director of the Research Center for Sustainability (CIS) at U. Andrés Bello and since 2014, Regional Co-Chair of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group for Chile. His research interest is emerging diseases and how they are impacting biodiversity. Since 2008, he has been researching the epidemiology of Ranavirus and chytridiomycosis in amphibians in Chile, with special emphasis on the conservation of the Darwin's Frog. Since 2017 he has been a scientific advisor to the NGO Ranita de Darwin.
Marcela Marquez Garcia
Dr. Márquez is a postdoctoral researcher at the Río Cruces Wetlands Center (CEHUM), Universidad Austral de Chile. It carries out scientific and practical work in the area of the human dimensions of biological conservation. She is interested in the processes of education, communication and participation for conservation. Recently, he has been collaborating with the NGO in evaluating amphibian education programs and in understanding the factors that determine the participation of various owners in the land conservation program. Since 2020 she has been a scientific advisor to the NGO Ranita de Darwin.