Mariano Gabriel Arias
Mariano majored in Zoology in Argentina, and earned a MSc for his work on the conservation of native ecosystems in productive landscapes. During this appointment he frequently facilitated workshops, aimed for forestry workers and managers, about natural heritage and its preservation. His work in conservation biology took him on extended tours through the wild side of some of the most important natural landscapes of Argentina: the Patagonian deserts, the Andes mountains, the Iberá wetlands, and the subtropical forests in Misiones. His current research takes place across the Finger Lakes and the Adirondack Mountains in New York States, and aims to understand the role and importance of ants in the dispersal of forest wildflowers. He expects this work to earn him a PhD in Conservation Biology at SUNY ESF.