Meet our science team – Biologists
Research and biology director at Mashpi Lodge
Mateo Roldán joined the Mashpi team in 2018 to continue the work of Mashpi’s numerous parabiologists, as well as to seek out new research alliances and opportunities. Mateo is an ecologist and has a Masters of Science in Socio-environmental Studies. He studied in Argentina, Germany, and Ecuador. His main interest lies in understanding and exploring ways to balance human livelihoods with healthy and thriving ecosystems. He has experience both in the public and private sectors, in office and field research. He has worked as a skilled mountain guide, environmental planner, and administrator of city-based parks. He loves the outdoors, adventure sports, traveling, and getting to experience different cultures from around the world.
Anderson began his journey as a research assistant at a young age as a member of the Mashpi reserve team. Born in Pachijal, a small village near the reserve, he has always been interested in nature. His experience and knowledge of the forest has been invaluable for many research projects.
He currently directs the long-term Butterfly Project, which studies the diversity of butterflies and the efficacy of different lures used in butterfly traps.
Additionally, he has participated in the field data analysis of the “camera trap” project developed within the reserve.