Meet the TEAM Scientists

Dr. Christine Fletcher

Zoologist and TEAM Site Manager, Pasoh, Malaysia

“Oh, so you’re like Batgirl!”

Coming from a country where half of the area still consists of forests, it would be natural to think that the majority of the people would grow up loving wildlife and go on amazing adventures in the...

Badru Mugerwa

TEAM Site Manager at Bwindi, Uganda

After I earned my first degree in forestry at Makerere University, I had the idea of volunteering at the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) based in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Bwindi). I had heard lots about ITFC, and was motivated to join them....

Dr. Jorge Ahumada

TEAM Technical Director

I am a tropical ecologist with over twenty-five years of experience working in tropical forests globally. I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lived most of my childhood in the city and away from nature, but as a teenager I became fascinated with oceans, fish and coral...

Dr. Patricia Alvarez

TEAM Site Manager at Cocha Cashu

I study tropical ecology, botany and fungi.  There are so many species of plants in the forest and amazing fungi live inside the leaves.  It is like somebody opening a door to a different world, where you can learn how organisms coexist.

I used to live...

Dr. Francesco Rovero


I am an Italian zoologist and have been based my work in Tanzania for over 10 years now. I have always been interested in nature and wildlife and that passion motivated my studies in natural sciences, especially animal ecology and conservation biology. The area where we...

Dr. Jean-Claude Razafimahaimodison

TEAM Site Manager for Ranomafana, Madagascar

Currently, I am the TEAM (Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring) Site Manager for Ranomafana in Madagascar.   My specialty is ornithology—the study of birds.  My background studies are in animal ecology, biology, and behavior.

I have been...