Viviana Ruiz Gutierrez

Viviana is the Assistant Director at the Center for Avian Population Studies and the Program Leader of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. She is also the founder and Associate Director of the Coastal Solutions Fellows Program. Viviana earned her B.Sc. in Tropical Biology from the National University of Costa Rica, her Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, and spent several years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. Viviana has spent most of her career supporting and developing projects related to bird research and conservation in Latin America, including the development and application of novel statistical models to study the impacts of land-use changes on bird populations.  She is specifically active in capacity building efforts, and  in the past decade, she has taught courses on the design and analysis of wildlife monitoring programs to over 150 students from 14 countries. She is an elected member of the AOU council, on the Board of the Neotropical Ornithological Society, and Co-Chair of the NABCI Monitoring Subcommittee.

Coastal Solutions Fellowship Program

The Coastal Solutions Fellows Program builds and supports an international community to design and implement solutions that address coastal challenges across the Pacific Americas Flyway. Our main goal is to conserve coastal habitats and shorebird populations by building the knowledge, resources, and skills of Latin American professionals, and by fostering collaborations among multiple disciplines and sectors.