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Luis Ortiz-Catedral, Ph.D.

Luis Ortiz-Catedral

Luis Ortiz-Catedral, Ph.D.

Director, Oceania Region

Luis is a conservation biologist and wildlife manager specialising on recovering populations of threatened island vertebrates. He has studied wild parrots in New Zealand and Australia for 17 years. In the last decade, he has also led recovery programs for mockingbirds, iguanas and terrestrial snakes in the Galapagos Islands. Originally from Mexico, Luis completed his postgraduate studies in New Zealand focusing on translocation techniques for Kākāriki (parakeets). His research has contributed to developing a blueprint for Kākāriki translocations in New Zealand, and to a better management of pathogens in wild parrot populations.