October 2, 2017

Carlos de la Rosa

Carlos de la Rosa insectos

Carlos de la Rosa is the current Director of the La Selva Biological Station for the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica.

Previously he served as Chief Conservation and Science Officer and Chief Conservation and Education Officer for the Catalina Island Conservancy, in Los Angeles County, California. He has been Program Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve in Florida, Education Coordinator for the Environmental Lands Division of Pinellas County, Florida and Director of the Riverwoods Field Laboratory for the South Florida Water Management District, where he worked as a researcher in the Kissimmee River Restoration Project. He has been a scientist for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, biodiversity advisor to the Organization of American States, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and organizations in Central and South America as well as in Florida. He is an Aquatic Ecologist by training and a Conservation Biologist by experience. He has worked extensively in environmental education programs, sustainability issues, and conservation of wild lands.

 

INSECTS, TAXONOMY, AND THE FUTURE OF THE MESOAMERICANA BIODIVERSITY

Carlos L. de la Rosa1

1Organización para Estudios Tropicales, Estación Biológica La Selva. Apdo. 676-2050 San Pedro, Costa Rica. Teléfono: +506-2766-6565 ext. 124. carlos.delarosa@tropicalstudies.org

 

The Mesoamerica is a very special region of the world from several perspectives, biogeographical, ecological, cultural, and economic. It is not only a bridge between two continents, but it holds a high percentage of the world’s biodiversity within the so-called Mesoamerican Hot Spot. Its biological diversity is simply spectacular, with a great variety of biotopes and ecosystems, including islands, with thousands of endemic species. A great portion of this rich biodiversity is still unknown, nameless and without studies that can support their conservation and its sustainable management. Thousands of species still to be discovered hold critical secrets for our own survival. The region also supports more than 180 million people, from Mexico to Venezuela and Colombia, many of them with a low level of economic development an in important levels of extreme poverty, as well as following development models that are unsustainable and highly impacting to the ecosystems and the balance between people and the natural world on which they depend. At a time when the global and regional conservation challenges are in a critical stage, the financial, technical, and human resources to understand its biodiversity and be able to plan its conservation are diminishing. In this presentation we’ll explore some of the biological marvels of the region, its potential for conservation, medicine, and science, the contribution of several women scientists whose work is simply admirable, and reflect about the future of our regional biodiversity under the current development currents. It is a story of challenges, hope, and a call to action where we can all play an important role.

 

INSECTOS, TAXONOMÍA Y EL FUTURO DE LA BIODIVERSIDAD MESOAMERICANA

Carlos L. de la Rosa1

1Organización para Estudios Tropicales, Estación Biológica La Selva. Apdo. 676-2050 San Pedro, Costa Rica. Teléfono: +506-2766-6565 ext. 124. carlos.delarosa@tropicalstudies.org

Mesoamérica es un área muy especial en el planeta desde varios puntos de vista, biogeográfico, ecológico, cultural, y económico. No solo es un puente entre dos continentes, sino que alberga un alto porcentaje de la biodiversidad del mundo dentro del llamado “hot spot” Mesoamericano. Su diversidad biológica es simplemente espectacular, con una gran variedad de biotopos y ecosistemas, incluyendo islas, con miles de especies endémicas. Una gran parte de esta rica biodiversidad está aún inédita, sin nombre ni estudios que puedan apoyar su conservación y manejo sostenible. Miles de especies aún sin descubrir guardan secretos críticos para nuestra propia supervivencia. La región también alberga más de 180 millones de personas desde México hasta Venezuela y Colombia, muchos de ellos con un bajo nivel de desarrollo social e importantes niveles de pobreza extrema, así como modelos de desarrollo que son insostenibles y altamente impactantes a los ecosistemas y al balance entre la gente y el mundo natural del cual dependen. En un momento donde los retos de conservación globales y regionales se encuentran en un nivel crítico, los recursos financieros, técnicos y humanos para comprender la biodiversidad y poder planificar su conservación y uso están mermando. En esta presentación exploraremos algunas de las maravillas biológicas de la región, su potencial para la conservación, la medicina, y la ciencia, la contribución de varias mujeres científicas cuyo trabajo es simplemente admirable, y reflexionar acerca del futuro de nuestra biodiversidad regional bajo las actuales corrientes de desarrollo. Es una historia de retos, esperanza y una llamada para la acción donde todos podemos jugar un papel importante.