Past President, Society for Conservation Biology
Professor, Instituto de Ecología, UNAM
Rodrigo A. Medellín is Senior Professor of Ecology at the Institute of Ecology, University of Mexico. He has worked on the ecology and conservation of mammals in Mexico and elsewhere for over 30 years.
He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Working in diverse settings in the field from rainforests to deserts to montane forests, he uses a diverse approach including community ecology, plant-animal interactions, population biology, and molecular ecology. He has more than 150 publications including over 80 scientific papers in journals, and 35 books and book chapters on bat ecology and conservation, mammal diversity analyses, and conservation of large mammals. His presence in the media is continuous, with dozens of appearances in local, national, and international TV, radio stations, and the press each year.
Rodrigo was head of the Wildlife Department of the Mexican Federal Government in 1995-96. He has been President of the Mexican Society of Mammalogists, has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Mammalogy, Conservation Biology, ORYX, and Acta Chiropterologica. He is President Elect of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is the founder and director of the 15-year-old Program for the Conservation of Bats of Mexico. Rodrigo is Co-Chair of the Bat Specialists Group of IUCN.
Rodrigo has taught conservation biology and community ecology for over 20 years, and directed 40 theses. His students have received many awards for their work. He is adjunct professor at Columbia University in New York, at Andalusia International University in Spain, at the University of Arizona, and Associate Researcher at the American Museum of Natural History and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. From January to June, 2011 he was the Director for Science and Conservation of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. For 13 years he has represented Mexico before CITES Animals Committee by the Mexican federal government. He was vice-Chair of that Committee for ten years. In 2011 he was elected by the CMS (Convention on Migratory Species) Conference of the Parties as Scientific Councilor to the CMS. He continues to be advisor of the Mexican Federal Government for wildlife issues.Rodrigo A. Medellin