Hernan Alvarez received his TCD graduate certificate and M. Sc. degree from Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at UF in the Loiselle lab in 2015.  Shortly after that he returned to Ecuador as the “Technician in Community-based and Participatory Management” at Wildlife Conservation Society program in Ecuador.  He uses his experiences working with indigenous communities and conservation planning in his new position.  For his Master’s thesis, Hernan investigated the effectiveness of two community-based monitoring programs in the Amazon region.  Other “Gators” in WCS offices in Ecuador include Galo Zapata (Ph. D. 2014) and Julia Salvador (M. Sc. 2016).