Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission; Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations; Founder and President of Provita
Jon Paul Rodríguez Chairs the IUCN Species Survival Commission, is Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas ― IVIC), and is a founder and President of Provita (a Venezuelan conservation NGO established in 1987). He holds an undergraduate degree in biology from Universidad Central de Venezuela (1991), a PhD. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University (1999), and a Certificate on science, technology and environmental policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (2000). His work focuses on understanding patterns in the spatial distribution of threatened species and ecosystems, as well as the underlying causes of these patterns, and the development of policy guidelines for biodiversity conservation. He is author in more than 175 publications, including four editions of the Red Book of the Fauna of Venezuela, the Red Book of the Terrestrial Ecosystems of Venezuela, and peer-reviewed articles in major international scientific journals.