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Dr Cristian Kraker Castañeda

Community Ecology

Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

Dr Cristian Kraker Castañeda obtained his Bachelor's degree in Biology at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), Guatemala, his Master of Science degree at CIIDIR-Oaxaca, part of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), Mexico, and his Doctor of Science degree at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), part of CONACYT-Mexico.

His research interests are the driver variables for diversity (genes, species, ecological services) at the local and spatial levels in human-induced landscapes. He has participated in several research projects focusing on vertebrates (amphibians, birds, mammals), although he has directed much of his attention on Neotropical bats, covering aspects of ecology, bioacoustics, and conservation. This has particular reference to a geographic region of high biodiversity which comprises Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guatemala, where he has developed investigations with the financial support of national and international agencies.

Cristian is the author and co-author of several notes and articles, and has also participated in the peer review of several international scientific journals based in America and Europe. Currently, he is a member of the Bat Specialist Group belonging to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the main editor of the quarterly bulletin of Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe para la Conservación de los Murciélagos (RELCOM), and belongs to level 3 of the registry of researchers of the Dirección General de Investigación (DIGI, USAC).