Carlos Aquila Chan Miranda, MRes

About my work IMG_2013

My bachelor’s work was focused in to produce models of viperids snakes in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (in Mexico there are over 50 viperids snakes species and around 51% of these are endemics) to assess the role that natural protected areas are playing in their conservation and to suggest new areas for conservation.

Neotropical forests host some of the largest sources of biodiversity in the world but they also provide important natural services. However these ecosystems are under severe pressure for different factors such as: deforestation, land-use change, pollution, non-planned natural resources extractrion, intensive hunting, among others, that impact strongly the complex interactions that occur in them. Ensuring its preservation is one of the most important challenges we face nowadays.

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About me

I like to travel, knowing new people, manners, food and music. I prefer walking and biking than any other transportation. I enjoy reading; the books of Oscar Wilde and Gabriel García Márquez are among my favorites, but also Carl Sagan, Peter Kunzig (Oceanographer) and Anthony Pagden (historian) are of my interest. I like to ear Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Joy Division, Portishead and Manu Chao. My favorite animals are reptiles and amphibians and I feel comfortable when working at field, in a lab or in front of a computer.