Luis Aguirre serves as a biologist (1994, UMSA), with an M.S. degree in conservation and ecology (UMSA) in 1996, and a Ph.D. degree in animal ecology from Antwerp University (Belgium) in 2002. He serves as an Adjunct Scientific Researcher at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC, since 2006), Columbia University. From 2005 to 2008, he worked as a Director of Memberships and Programs of the Austral and Neotropical Americas Section, Society of Conservation Biology. Since 2000, he has been a Tenure Researcher at the Centro de Biodiversidad y Genética (CBG) and a Professor of mammalogy and thesis at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS). At CBG, he works on community ecology, studying ecological process and human impact in Andean forests. He works also in charge of research in bat ecology, with over 20 years of experience in that subject. Most of his research has been done in analyzing habitat use and resource partitioning from a bat communities in Bolivia, with emphasis in savanna ecosystems. Since 1998, he has been serving as a Coordinator of the Bolivian Bat Conservation Program (PCMB), Cofounder and General Coordinator of the Latin American Bat Conservation Network (2010 to 2013, RELCOM), and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Bat Conservation International (2002 to present). Since 2000, he has been part of the IUCN Species Survival Commission and Member of the Chiropteran Specialist Group. He published over 100 papers in books, peer reviewed journals, locally and internationally, including Science, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biotropica, Journal of Mammalogy, Biological Conservation, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Functional Ecology, mastozoológica Neotropical, Plant Ecology, Journal of experimental Biology, among others.
Biography Updated on 12 March 2012