I am a nature lover, truly concerned about nature conservation. I have always been amazed by landscape and animal diversity, and since my childhood, I have been particularly attracted to amphibians. I graduated as a Biologist in 2004 at The University of Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela and achieved my Master of Sciences in Zoology in 2013 at The Central University of Venezuela in Caracas, Venezuela. Now I am a PhD student at Franklin’s Eco-Laboratory under Prof. Franklin's and Dr. Cramp's supervision.

Research interests

My research focus is on amphibian conservation. I am particularly interested in understanding the causes of amphibian declines, as this is currently the most threatened vertebrate group. For my current PhD project I am investigating the effects of UV-B radiation and temperature on the immune function of amphibians. I will be recording UV-B radiation levels as well as temperature at several sites within a subtropical amphibian hotspot, Southeast Queensland, in order to record the spatial and temporal variation of these factors. Additionally, I will simulate natural conditions of the above mentioned environmental factors in microcosm experiments based on the records obtained in the field. These experiments will aim to identify the stressing conditions of UVB radiations, to determine threshold levels of UV-B induced damage, and to survey carry over effect of UVB early exposure on adult response to Bd infection, all these experiments will be carried out under naturalistic fluctuating temperature conditions.

Awards & achievements

  • 2018-current: UQ Research Training Scholarship (PhD). The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
  • 2013: Special Commendation for Outstanding Performance in the Master research project. Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV), Venezuela
  • 2005: Grant for Master Research Project. Iniciativa de Especies Amenazadas, Venezuela
  • 2005-2007: Graduate Student Scholarship (Master). Fondo Nacional para el Desarrollo de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FONACIT), Venezuela
  • 2004: Honours Class 1 and “Cum laude” Special Commendation. University of Los Andes (ULA), Venezuela
  • 2002: Grant for Undergraduate Research Project. Consejo del Desarrollo Científico Humanístico y Tecnológico (CDCHT), ULA, Venezuela
  • 2001: Luis María Ribas Dávila Commendation for Academic Excellence. ULA, Venezuela
  • 1997-2001: Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence, 6 of 10 undergrad semesters. Faculty of Sciences, ULA, Venezuela

Society affiliations

  • Sociedad Venezolana de Ecología (Venezuelan Society of Ecology)
  • Australian Wildlife Society

Personal interests

I love to travel and I enjoy particularly going to places I have never being before. Overall, I love outdoors activities with my family (biking, hiking and camping, swimming). I am also a yoga fan and yoga teacher. When I need to rest, I like indoors relaxing activities (watching auteur cinema, listening to music and literature reading).

Links

Book chapters:

  • Lampo M., A. E. Chacón, A. Rodríguez y D. Sánchez. 2009. Factores de Riesgo. In Molina C., J. C. Señaris, M. Lampo y A. Rial (Eds): Anfibios de Venezuela, Estado del Conocimiento y Recomendaciones para su Conservación. Ediciones Grupo Tei/ Silvia Beaujon. Caracas. P: 65-70.
  • La Marca E., A. Rodríguez and J. E. García-Pérez. 2008. Atelopus carbonerensis. In Stuart S., M. Hoffmann, J. Chanson, N. Cox, R. Berridge, P. Ramani and B. Young (Eds): Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Editions, Barcelona, Spain; IUCN, Gland, Switzerland; and Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, USA. P: 162.
  • La Marca E., A. Rodríguez and J. E. García-Pérez. 2008. Atelopus sorianoi. In Stuart S., M. Hoffmann, J. Chanson, N. Cox, R. Berridge, P. Ramani and B. Young (Eds): Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Editions, Barcelona, Spain; IUCN, Gland, Switzerland; and Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, USA. P: 176.
  • La Marca, E., A. Rodríguez y S. Santiago. 2005. Atelopus mucubajiensis. Ranita amarilla de Mucubají. In J.V. Rueda Almonacid, J.V. Rodríguez Mahecha, E. La Marca, S. Lötters, T. Kahn & A. Angulo (Eds): Ranas Arlequines. Conservación Internacional. Bogotá, Colombia. P: 90.