Diego Zárrate-Charry

DEPT. of FOREST ECOSYSTEMS & SOCIETY
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Research coordinator
ProCAT-Colombia/Sierra to Sea Institute

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My experience has been focused in modeling species distributions as a means to conduct conservation planning in tropical ecosystems in Central and South America. I have been part of several biology conservation projects in Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, and Ecuador using flagship species to identify priority conservation areas. I have also worked on assessment and valuation of environmental services to increase the capacity and management strategies for National Parks agencies in tropical countries.

My primary research interest is to develop species and ecosystem conservation strategies that include and acknowledge regional social and economic realities in tropical countries. Most of my current work is in my native country, Colombia, where the main current conservation threats are landscape transformation and fragmentation, so the issues of habitat conservation and connectivity are critically important.

Selected publications

Zárrate Charry DA, Guerrero-Ochoa I, Jiménez-Alvarado JS, Massey A, Calderon M, Hurtado-Moreno AP, Proeto J, Aconcha Abril, I, Vela Vargas IM, Gonzalez Maya JF (2016) Strategies for human-jaguar conflict resolution in agricultural areas of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. Wildfelid Monitor 9: 2.

Aconcha-Abril I, Jiménez-Alvarado JS, Moreno-Diaz C, Zárrate-Charry DA & González-Maya JF (2016) Estado del conocimiento del conflicto por grandes felinos y comunidades rurales en Colombia: avances y vacíos de información. Mammalogy Notes 3(1): 46-51.

Jiménez-Alvarado S, Arias-Ocampo A, Pineda-Guerrero A, Zárrate-Charry DA, Vela-Vargas M, Chacón-Pacheco J y González Maya JF. (2016) Análisis de la distribución del grisón (Galictis vittata) (Carnivora: Mustelidae) en el Caribe colombiano. Therya 7 (1): 179-186.

Cruz Rodriguez C, Gonzalez Maya JF, Rodriguez Bolaños A, Cepeda Mercado AA, Zárrate Charry DA, Belant Jorrold L. (2015) Ocelot Leopardus pardalis (Carnivora: Felidae) spatial ecology in a fragmented landscape of Colombia. Revista Mexicana de Mastozoología 5(1): 17-24.

Zárrate Charry DA, Suarez C y Ortega C. (2013) Análisis de bienes y servicios ecosistémicos y aplicación de la herramienta InVEST en El Corredor Trinacional La Paya, Cuyabeno Y Güeppí. Technical report World Wide Fund for Nature WWF. Bogotá, Colombia. 53 pp.

Castaño-Uribe C, Gónzalez-Maya JF, Zárrate Charry DA, Ange-Jaramillo C y Vela-Vargas IM (Eds) (2013) Plan de Conservación de Felinos del Caribe Colombiano: Los felinos y su papel en la planificación regional integral basada en especies clave. Fundación Herencia Ambiental Caribe, ProCAT Colombia, The Sierra to Sea Institute. Santa Marta Colombia.

González-Maya JF, Cepeda AA, Belant JL, Zárrate-Charry DA, Balaguera-Reina S & Rodríguez Bolaños A (2011) Research priorities for the small carnivores of Colombia. Small Carnivore Conservation 44: 7–13.