Lourdes Martinez-Estevez & Catherine E. Hart

Lourdes Martínez-Estévez is a Mexican scientist with experience in applied Ecology, Conservation Biology, and spatial conservation strategies in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats. She has a PhD in Ecology from the University of California, and a master's in Environmental Biology from UNAM, Mexico. She is passionate about studying threatened species, such as prairie dogs and hawksbill sea turtles, and finding strategies to protect them, especially in collaboration with local communities. She is also committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in science.

Catherine E. Hart is a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico. Her work focuses on the conservation of sea turtles in northwest Mexico. She is particularly interested in the role played by community groups in species conservation and has worked within local NGOs since 2003. Catherine is currently researching the effects of temperature, incubation techniques and conservation practices on olive ridley sea turtle embryos and neonates and studying hawksbill sea turtles using satellite telemetry, photo-identification, and beach monitoring with support from Alianza WWF-Fundación Telmex Telcel.