I hold a B.Sc. Honours in Environmental Biology from Universidad del Azuay, Ecuador and an M.Sc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
From 1998 to 2006, I worked as a fisheries scientist at the Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galápagos Islands where I provided technical input for the management of demersal invertebrate fisheries, with special emphasis on sea cucumbers. From 2006 to 2010 I worked for intergovernmental bodies (including FAO, IUCN and CITES) on fisheries and marine protected areas issues. Then I worked as a Programme Officer for WWF-Ecuador. Since 2014, I have been enrolled as a full-time PhD candidate with Charles Darwin University, where my research focuses on human induced pathways for biological invasions to the Galápagos Islands.