DR. GERARDO Ceballos
Dr. Gerardo Ceballos is a Full Time "C" Senior Researcher at the UNAM Institute of Ecology. He is a very well-known scientist worldwide. This is the result of (1) his frontier research on issues of ecology and conservation, (2) his efforts to reconcile scientific knowledge with the crucial problems of society, (3) the creation of bridges between ecology and conservation in order for humans to find their way to ecological sustainability and (4) their efforts to increase the ecological awareness of the general public. He is an expert on topics such as endangered species, protected natural areas, environmental planning and the link between conservation and development. He was the promoter of the Mexican norm of endangered species and of more than 20 protected natural areas that cover more than one and a half million hectares. His scientific production is remarkable since he has published more than 500 scientific and divulgation articles, and 52 books. He has more than 26,100 citations to his works. With this, he is the most cited ecologist and with the most books published in Mexico and Latin America. He has received numerous honors. In 2010 he was awarded the Bicentennial Prize in the State of Mexico. In 2014 he was elected as a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Science. In 2017 he received the BBVA Foundation Award for the Conservation of Nature. In April 2018 he was elected as a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious and exclusive scientific academy in the world; only 6 Mexican scientists are members. He is currently a member of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.