Angie obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental biology at Universidad de Panama where she conducted undergraduate research on male mate preferences on a polymorphic amphibian, the strawberry poison frog. After completing her degree, Angie had a wide range of experiences ranging from assisting research on animal plasticity, sexual behavior, and the effect of environmental changes on physiological processes to addressing relevant and imperative issues on captive managed populations. Along with teaching field courses, coordinating volunteers and developing outreach programs for conservation in Panama, Angie’s experiences led her to discover that she was strongly drawn to teaching and research, hence her desire to earn a PhD. Angie joined Dr. Lisa Belden’s lab in the fall of 2014.
Her research is focused on defining strategies for in situ disease mitigation, surveillance of chytrid fungus in the environment, and the reintroduction of species kept in captive breeding programs. Through her work in Dr. Belden’s lab, Angie hopes to bolster her conservation background with a solid research foundation.
She recently became the coordinator of the Panamanian Golden Frog Conservation Strategy working group, an interdisciplinary group of scientists, conservationists, government officials, and educators that, for the first time, are joining efforts to create a recovery plan for the Panamanian golden frog. Angie strongly believes that the IGC program will reinforce her involvement in strategic conservation planning to create an integrated recovery program that covers research, management, and community engagement. She hopes to establish a collaborative network that links research institutions and government agencies to more effectively promote species conservation in Panama and throughout the neo-tropics.
Angie’s biggest hope is to bring new and creative ideas to the IGC program from a society with minimum resources available for conservation, but with high cultural values and a growing sense of ownership towards biodiversity.