© Diego Mosquera 2019

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About the author of this Website

 

 

 

 

 

Acknowledgments

I dedicate this page to my parents, Maricruz and César, who left this world too soon.

The majority of information on this page comes from many bibliographical sources, observations in the field, own work and chats with many scientists. I can not help but thank Kelly Swing, a true living encyclopedia and probably the person who knows the most about diversity in Yasuní. The Camera Trap Project would not have seen the light without the support of John Blake and Bette Loiselle (University of Florida - Gainesville), who worked very hard to get the first grants and every year transmit to us their wisdom and scientific knowledge. Of course, without David and Consuelo Romo I would not be writing these lines and my gratitude goes to them for their tireless support. The first photos and the start of the project were possible thanks to Jaime Guerra and Santiago Molina.

 

Total thanks to Alicia Oriana, Brandt Ryder (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute), Tony Di Fiore (University of Texas at Austin), Terry Erwin (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History), Jennie Berglund (Harvad Museum of Natural History), Paul Hahn (Wildlife Learning Foundation), Chris Paine, Susan McDonald, Ian Thompson, Heather Heying and many other people and researchers who with their knowledge and work help us in the arduous task of generating information about the amazon in order to understand it and preserve it.

 

Getting photos and videos is not easy. Long days are required in the field, often with disappointing results. However, thanks to the support of all the workers and volunteers of the Tiputini Station, things were certainly easier. Special thanks to Charlotte Arthun, Mariano Grefa, Froilan Macanilla, Eduardo Gutierrez, Juan Pablo Muñoz, Juan de Dios Morales, Cosima Faludi, Berta Miralles, Daniel Zayonc and especially to Gaby Vinueza. Many people gave their unselfish help to the project, especially Barbara Murk, Keith Heyward, Darrell Bolger, Larry Gumina, Andrea Osborn, Alberto Caro, Adolfo Cordero, Anjali Kumar, Andrew Curran, Shawn and Bejat McCraken, Bonnie James, Ben Burnett, Brigid Pain, Fabricio Rodriguez, Felipe Vallejo, David Yunes, Jamie Weber, Joy Collins, Pablo Corral Vega, Melissa Arias, Mary Bustillos, Laura Abondano, Daniel King, Kim Tice, Pia Honne, Rachel Golden, Rob Burton, Santiago Galarza, Scott Dyke, Isabel Crespo, John Kelly, Isabel Fugere, Evan Kuras, Jessie Williamson and Johnatan Suh.

 

A special thanks to Maria Antonieta Zalles, Jerry Belant and Maria Teresa Mora, thanks to whom it was possible to set up this website.

 

To all of them, and all the people who work for conservation, thank you very much!

 

Diego has a degree in Applied Ecology from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and has a Master's Degree in Geographic Information Systems. He has worked in different protected areas of Ecuador and has worked in the Ecuadorian Amazon for almost 20 years. Since 2005, he is the resident Manager at TBS and as a researcher, leads the Cameras Project. He is particularly interested in the ecology, diversity and behavior of mammals, especially cats, and in the relationships that influence the composition of animal communities. He is an amateur photographer and lately he also works with drones, exploring their applications for conservation.