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Alonso, Alfonso

Managing Director, International Field Programs

Biodiversity conservation professional who partners with governments, the private sector, financial institutions, and local stakeholders to provide advice on conservation best practices to support decision-making and sustainable development policy

Geographic Focus

Professional Biography

  • Dr. Alfonso Alonso is a conservation biologist who has worked for the Smithsonian for 20 years. He is very interested in determining how species of plants and animals are distributed in different ecosystems, as well as the implementation of monitoring programs to ensure their persistence. His current position focuses on integrating conservation needs with development priorities to maintain biodiversity. He develops evaluation and monitoring programs to minimize the impacts on biodiversity in oil and gas infrastructure projects. To do this, he organizes expeditions with researchers of specialties in different taxonomic groups of plants and animals. These conservation and development partnerships are aimed at avoiding, mitigating, restoring and compensating the impacts of the Project, and developing best practices to protect biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services. Dr. Alonso enjoys giving talks and working with people from different cultures, and has done studies in America, Africa and Asia. Dr. Alonso has published more than 100 scientific articles and 5 books.

Public Biography

  • Dr. Alfonso Alonso is a conservation biologist who has worked for the Smithsonian for 20 years. He is very interested in determining how species of plants and animals are distributed in different ecosystems, as well as the implementation of monitoring programs to ensure their persistence. His current position focuses on integrating conservation needs with development priorities to maintain biodiversity. He develops evaluation and monitoring programs to minimize the impacts on biodiversity in oil and gas infrastructure projects. To do this, he organizes expeditions with researchers of specialties in different taxonomic groups of plants and animals. These conservation and development partnerships are aimed at avoiding, mitigating, restoring and compensating the impacts of the Project, and developing best practices to protect biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services. Dr. Alonso enjoys giving talks and working with people from different cultures, and has done studies in America, Africa and Asia. Dr. Alonso has published more than 100 scientific articles and 5 books.