Mexico's Baja Peninsula
About Our Expert
For over eight years Maria Jose Villanueva has worked with WWF-Mexico, helping establish a nationwide partnership with over 60 NGOs, indigenous communities, local and federal governments, and private sector businesses to conserve Mexico's unique biodiversity. She also helped develop WWF-Mexico's five-year strategic conservation plan and worked to protect species such as the monarch butterfly and the vaquita. As the current Conservation Director, she now leads the Ocean, Terrestrial Ecosystem, Climate Change, and Freshwater programs. Prior to WWF, Maria Jose earned her PhD in Marine Sciences and Limnology with an emphasis in marine mammals from the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology as well as worked for several conservation organizations in Mexico, and taught biology and conservation courses.