PhD Researcher in Applied Ecology, Universidad de La Serena

Solange Vargas is a biologist working in wildlife conservation in Chile, with Master’s in Territorial Development Sciences. She is currently completing a PhD in Applied Ecology, at the University of La Serena and Universidad Católica del Norte.

She leads research that is seeking to understand conflict between livestock and guanaco (Lama guanicoe), an indigenous wild camelid. She also has more than 10 years’ experience working with local communities, especially from rural and indigenous sectors, where the relationship with wild camelids is close.

MEMBERSHIPS

* South American Camelids Specialist Group (SSC/IUCN) http://camelid.org/es/
* Coordinator of the Financing Node and founder of the Chilean Society of Socioecology and Ethnoecology (SOSOET).
* Member of Society for Conservation Biology, Social Science Working Group.
* Directive Member of Southern Cone of South America Chapter of Society for Conservation Biology.