Senior Professor of Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico
Rodrigo Medellín has dedicated his life to the study and conservation of mammals in Mexico and other countries since he was 12 years old. He is Senior Professor at the Institute of Ecology, UNAM, and has directed over 50 theses and dissertations and has produced over 200 publications on bats, jaguars, conservation issues, and more. His H factor is 39 and over the past 5 years he has produced 30 peer reviewed indexed papers.
Rodrigo is most comfortable when in the field with his students or cooking for whomever is around. He has projects or students in 16 countries of four continents. His research contributes and orients policy and decision-making processes in conservation. His interests have led him to preside over international societies of conservation and study of mammals and to represent Mexico and North America in CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species) and other international forums. He was President of the Society for Conservation Biology (2013-2015). He was the first head of the Mexican Wildlife Department in 1995. For ten years he represented North America in CITES and has been advisor to the Mexican Federal Government on wildlife issues since 2000, constantly being an official member of the Mexican delegation to CITES meetings. Rodrigo is Co-Chair of the IUCN Bat Specialist Group and created the Latin American Bat Conservation Network (RELCOM). He has been associate editor for Conservation Biology, Journal of Mammalogy, ORYX, and Acta Chiropterologica. Since 2016 he is a member of the Board of Review Editors of Science Magazine.
He has received several awards such as Mexico´s National Conservation Award 2004, Rolex Award for Enterprise 2009, the Whitley Fund for Nature Gold Award 2012, and others. In 2014 BBC Natural World produced the multi-awarded film The Bat Man of Mexico (narrated by David Attenborough) covering Rodrigo´s work on bats. In 2018 National Geographic produced the film Giant Carnivorous Bats with Rodrigo Medellin and his work is featured in the National Geographic Magazine of July 2018. In 2019 the National Geographic Society made Rodrigo the seventh Explorer-At-Large and the first one who is not from the U.S. or Europe.