Reynaldo Linares-Palomino is a tropical biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation and Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Sustainability. His current work focuses on implementing, monitoring and assessing ecosystem restoration methodologies and activities in Andean landscapes under the influence of a trans-Andean gas pipeline. He leads the implementation of studies on selected plants and animals, from the eastern humid Andes to the drier western slopes and the Pacific desert in Central Peru.
B.S., Universidad Agraria La Molina (Peru); M.S., University of Edinburgh (UK); Ph.D., University of Göttingen (Germany)
Along with fellow CCS ecologists, Linares-Palomino has helped to enhance knowledge about the biological diversity of southern Andean Peru. In parallel, medium to long-term ecological studies are generating exciting information about ecosystem restoration, which is being shared with stakeholders (government, private industry, local communities, academia) to improve management practices, especially when they are performed by oil and gas development projects.
Linares-Palomino earned his Bachelor of Science in biology and genetics from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in 1996. He earned a Master of Science in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants in a combined program at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2002. He followed with a doctoral degree in Biodiversity and Ecology from the Georg-August University in Germany. He has conducted research in several tropical ecosystems (deserts, Andean grasslands and wetlands, savannas, dry forests, montane and rain forests) in a number of countries including Belize, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Suriname. Before beginning his position at the Smithsonian, he worked for Conservation International’s Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Program surveying forest plots in Suriname. He is also actively engaged in mentoring and teaching university students (through the CCS BMAP Program in Peru and as an invited lecturer at La Molina University). Linares-Palomino is a founding member of the DryFlor (Latin American Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Floristic) Network.