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Executive Team

MERI Foundation’s executive team is responsible for managing the organization’s various teams.

Ana María Molina Rugiero

Executive Director

Scientific Team

MERI Foundation’s scientific team conducts and coordinates scientific research in strategic ecosystems through national and international partnerships and collaborations. Some of their activities include: applying for competitive funds, training young scientists, making scientific publications, presenting at conferences, doing expeditions, disseminating science, and collaborating in community engagement projects and activities.

Sonia Español-Jiménez

Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems Area Coordinator

Catalina Velasco


Environmental Education Team

The environmental education team conducts environmental education programs and activities for communities living in strategic territories for effective conservation. Their activities include: designing programs, activities, and educational materials; applying for competitive funds; executing activities and programs aimed at students, as well as activities aimed at adults and the general public (key actors and community); collaborating in community engagement projects and activities; and managing local partnerships.

Gloria Howes
San Martín

Environmental Education Director

Catalina Valencia Rubilar

Coordinadora de Educación Ambiental

Equipo Vinculación y Extensión

Daniela Daie

Coordinadora de Vinculación