Hector Barrios Garrido
Hector is interested in understanding the relationships between natural resources and human communities, and has been working with Wayuú Indigenous communities in the Gulf of Venezuela, especially with community-based conservation since 1997. His main research interests lie within the broad field of environmental management, with special emphasis in the human dimensions looking to improve our understanding of the interactions among aquatic species, their habitats, and human societies. In particular, Hector is interested in evaluating the impact of natural and anthropogenic pressures on threatened species, and the potential mechanisms to reduce these impacts (through management conservation actions, or by understanding how species can adapt to changes).
Hector is an Associate Professor at the University of Zulia (Venezuela) , Founder-President of the Venezuelan NGO “Working Group on Marine Turtles of the Gulf of Venezuela – GTTM-GV”, member of the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS), and the Marine Turtle Specialist Group-International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN MTSG). Hector holds a PhD from James Cook University in Environmental Science and Management, a Magister Scientiarum (Master of Science) in Aquatic Ecology (University of Zulia), and he is Licentiate in Biology (University of Zulia).