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Tom Hughes

Malaysian Project Coordinator
PREDICT Program Coordinator

Tom Hughes

As Malaysian Project Coordinator at EcoHealth Alliance, Tom Hughes's responsibilities include setting up and running the Study of Zoonotic Infections among Persons Exposed to Wild Animals, a collaborative research project with Global Viral and the Malaysian Government, as well as being the PREDICT country coordinator for the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats program.
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Jon Paul Rodríguez

Jon Paul Rodríguez

Jon Paul Rodríguez is at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas - IVIC), and is a founder and current board member of Provita, a Venezuelan conservation NGO established in 1987. In 2005, he was selected by the Jeune Chambre Internationale, Zulia, as one of Venezuela's Ten Outstanding Young People for his environmental achievements.

Rodríguez received an undergraduate degree in biology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas, working on the use of tiger beetles as indicators of habitat quality in tropical forests. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University, where he studied patterns of range contraction for declining North American birds. While at Princeton, he became a fellow in the first cohort of the Princeton Environmental Institute Research Initiative in Science and Engineering, leading to a Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

His work focuses on understanding patterns in the spatial distribution of threatened species and habitats, as well as the underlying causes of these patterns, and the development of policy guidelines for biodiversity conservation. Among his main personal research and conservation projects are:

  • The Neotropical Biodiversity Mapping Initiative (NeoMaps);
  • Recent trends in natural renewable resource use in Venezuela;
  • Impact of exotic species on South American ecosystems;
  • Characterization and quantification of legal and illegal wildlife trade from South America to the United States;
  • Biology and conservation of threatened species in Margarita Island, Venezuela;
  • The Red Data Book of the Fauna of Venezuela; and
  • The Red Data Book of the Habitats of Venezuela.

These projects are carried out in association with numerous partners in Venezuela and abroad. He is author or co-author of approximately 100 publications, including peer-reviewed articles in journals such as: Nature, Science, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biological Conservation, Biotropica, Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Ecological Applications, Ecology and Society, and Oryx.

Jon Paul Rodríguez is Editor of NeoCons, the Neotropical Conservation Biology Bulletin of the Society for Conservation Biology, he serves on the Editorial Board of Diversity and Distributions and Oryx, and is a member of the Editorial Committees of Memoria de la Fundación La Salle de Ciencias Naturales, and Ecología Austral, the journal of the Argentinean Ecological Society. Rodríguez also serves on Venezuela's Ministry of Environment's National Wildlife Council.

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