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Eduardo Najera, Ph.D


Eduardo Najera, Ph.D


Dr. Eduardo Nájera Hillman is a distinguished researcher and conservationist. Dr. Nájera oversees all of the conservation programs and operations in Mexico and Cuba from the WILDCOAST/COSTASALVAJE office in Ensenada, Baja California.

Before joining WILDCOAST, Dr. Nájera worked at the Center for Coastal Studies in Bahia Magdalena, Baja California Sur, where he conducted conservation research on gray whales, sea turtles, and sea lions in support of conservation efforts. Prior to that, Dr. Nájera worked with Mexico’s National Protected Area Commission (CONANP) in the Cancun-Isla Mujeres-Nizuc National Park where he managed coral reef monitoring and restoration programs. 

Dr. Nájera holds a B.S. in Biology from the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Ph.D. in Conservation Ecology from the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand and a post-doc at the Instituto de Ecologia (INECOL) in Veracruz.

His New Zealand-based research provided scientific information to assist in the conservation of endangered Hochstetter’s frogs (Leiopelma hochstetteri). Parallel to his doctoral studies he also conducted coastal water quality monitoring at Aqualab NZ Ltd. and was a university lecturer at AUT.