9th April 2018 – Begoña Iñarritu, UNAM & National Commission for Protected Areas in Mexico

Begoña IñarrituI studied Biology at the National Autonomus University of Mexico (UNAM). Throughout the career I got lost (or find myself?) in botanical or paleonthological studies. It was not until I arrive in 2013 to Dr. Rodrigo Medellins Lab at the Ecology Institute where bats captivated me with their amazing life’s history and remembered me that I was a curious naturalist searching for interesting behaviors in animals.

I got the “Young Explorers Grant” on January 2016 for my thesis project about maternal care in bats and got my Biology degree on 2017. I am editor of the blog science “La huella del jaguar”. Nowadays I work as one of the National Commissioner advisors at The Natural Protected Areas Commission in Mexico (CONANP).

My research interest is animal behavior and cognitive sciences and I’m passionate about science communication. I always wondered why animals behave the way they behave and how they accomplish it, so I’m interested in testing hypothesis about perception, communication and bat’s problem solving. Even though we will never know what is like to be a bat, as T. Nagel exposed in a philosophical essay, the behavioral description of animals in the wild represent a challenge in one hand and a key part for the comprehension of the natural world in the other, many times depreciated for researchers and journals.

I collaborate in the NatGeo Series “Conservation Planet”. My work was to show and explain what we are studying from bats that lives in mayan temples. Also to highlight the importance of the Bat Volcano conservation.

I also collaborate with Anand Varma training the bats for the photoshoot!

Last year I was recruited by FOX to make some promos for the “Women’s Football Last Play”. I talked about the natural behavior of the sports mascot, analogous to the girls moves on playground.

Lately I am working at CONANP (The Natural Protected Areas Comission of Mexico) as a Commissioner advisor in conservation matter.

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