“If a woman loves a crocodile, she takes on its character.” — Ancient Egyptian Proverb
At an age when most girls were playing with dolls, Dr. Marisa Tellez was developing knowledge of the world’s top predators as she knew at a young age she wanted to be an advocate and leader in the conservation of the world’s apex predators, particularly crocodiles. It was working at Los Angeles Zoo that she realized she wanted to head back to school and truly pursue scientific research with crocodilians, particularly investigating their interaction with parasites.
After a Master’s (2010) and PhD (2014) from the University of California, her work, knowledge and passion for crocodile conservation was quickly acknowledged by the International Union for Conservation of Nature/Species Survival Commission-Crocodile Specialist Group (CSG), and was soon initiated into the CSG, as well as appointed as the Vice Regional Chair of Latin America for the CSG for her field work in Guatemala, Mexico and Belize which began in 2008.
After receiving a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship through the United States government, Marisa soon called Belize home. Observing the difference her research and outreach was making in the local communities, Marisa and her husband created the Crocodile Research Coalition (CRC) to further promote crocodile research and community involvement to assist in the conservation of crocodilians and their habitat.
WOMEN IN CONSERVATION, promoting awareness of women working in conservation, worldwide.
Posted @withrepost • @crocparasites13 A moment of a dream come true... it took over 10 years to finally see a satellite tracker get attached to an American Croc in Belize- but the stars aligned, and me and my team from the @crocodileresearchcoalition made a mark in history this past week for conservation of crocs in Belize and in the region. #womeninscience #dreamsdocometrue #nevergiveup #dontstopbelieving #crocodileconservation #americancrocodile #crocodylusacutus #crocodylus #crocodile #belize #momatwork #momlife #wildlifeconservation #satellitetracker #wildlifewarriors