Omar Antonio Figueroa, MS

Kaplan Scholar / Student Researcher, Belize

Born in Belize, Omar Antonio Figueroa serves as a Biological Field Scientist for Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative program in Belize. In 1997, he began his career in wildlife ecology as the National Coordinator for the Birds Without Borders-Aves Sin Fronteras Project, an international research, education and conservation project focusing on neotropical migratory birds. Later, in 2005, he obtained his Master of Science degree in wildlife ecology and conservation from the University of Florida. His thesis project represents the first and only Global Positioning System study on Belize’s regionally imperiled Jabiru Stork. Through Panthera’s Kaplan Graduate Scholarship Program, Omar is currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Florida, with a particular focus on jaguar ecology.

In addition, Omar has been awarded various other international fellowships and research grants, including the Fulbright/Organization of American States, Dexter and Compton Fellowships, Jennings Scholarship, Disney and Columbus Zoo Conservation Grants, International Foundation for Science, Foundation for Wildlife Conservation and Protected Areas Conservation Trust Research Awards. Omar gives frequent lectures on jaguar ecology at international and regional conferences within Central and South America and in July of 2009, was nominated to serve as a Government Senator by the Prime Minister of Belize.

Learn more about Panthera's Jaguar Corridor Initiative in Belize.