About Us

Juliana Lopez Angarita M.Sc.Juliana

Founding Director & Principle Scientist
Juliana’s work focuses on the interaction between ecological social and cultural characteristics of coastal communities, using social-ecological models to assess resilience and the effectiveness of MPAs. A fellow of the Smithsonian Institution, she has also been a grantee of the Conservation Leadership Programme, WWF, Schlumberg Faculty for the Future. She is known best for her musical composition to protect parrotfish with Colombian champeta start Charles King. She is currently reading for her doctorate at the University of York, UK exploring the link between mangroves and fisheries productivity in the tropical eastern Pacific.

Alex Tilley Ph.D.

Founding Director & Principle ScientistAlex Tilley
Alex is a research fellow with the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of Natural History, so when he is not developing and running Talking Oceans programs in Latin America, he can be found in Florida or Myanmar developing fisheries management support tools. His ecological slant leans heavily towards marine stingrays, but in general he is interested conservation of biodiversity as a by-product of sound marine management and protection of coastal livelihoods.

Juan Felipe Caro Rodríguez

Creative AdvisorFelipe
Juan Felipe Caro Rodríguez is a Colombian illustrator and graphic designer based at Amberlight Partners in London. His work includes storyboarding, visual scribbling for meetings and focus groups and graphic facilitation for ideation and co-creation workshops.He also works as a freelance illustrator and across interdisciplinary projects that merge illustration with product and graphic design and is cofounder of the collaborative group cup of 3 design which works actively within the creative sector as a full design agency.”Pipe” is the creative advisor of Talking Oceans, having illustrated all our logos and posters, and making our work look as good as it should!

Melany Villate M.Sc.Melany

Field Researcher
Melany is a Colombian marine biologist specialising in molecular ecology and conservation genetics of tropical shark species. Her particular interests lay in the evolution of different feeding habits in sharks, the migratory patterns and connectivity among whale shark populations. Melany is one of our sawfish researchers, soon to be scouring the tropical eastern Pacific in search of evidence of their current distribution. After that she will begin her PhD research at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in collaboration with the zoological state collection of Munich.

Juan Camilo Cubillos M.Sc.JuanC

Field Researcher
Juan is a biologist with a Masters in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. His previous work has varied between ecological implications of mercury in Amazonian freshwater food webs to the distribution of planktonic species in the western North Sea. His current focus utilises the combination of molecular and ecological techniques to provide insights into animal distribution, migration and population structure in marine ecosystems. The second half of our Sawfish research team, Juan will soon be tracking through the TEP after which he will start his PhD research as part of Dr. Prof. Herwig Stibor lab in Aquatic ecology at the University of Munich.

Nathan Truelove Ph.D.Nate

Science Associate
“Nate” is a biologist dedicated to finding scientific and community based solutions to the numerous challenges involved in biodiversity conservation. He is a postdoctoral research fellow based at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce, a founding member of Talking Oceans, and is our go-to genomics expert. His research integrates local monitoring, population genomics and biophysical modelling.He currently exploring connectivity between widely dispersing spiny lobster and queen conch populations of the Caribbean to help clarify the appropriate scales of management.