Jose Urteaga is a first year doctoral student in Stanford’s E-IPER program, whose research interests center on the governance and sustainable management of marine natural resources in developing countries, particularly in Nicaragua. Jose comes to Stanford with a post graduate diploma in Sea Fisheries from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina, after completing a BSc in Biological Sciences in 2000 from the same university.
Over the past decade, Jose worked with the conservation NGO Fauna & Flora International in Nicaragua, and led the development of a comprehensive Sea Turtle Conservation Program on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. In 2005, Jose was recognized as a Conservation Hero by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund; in 2010, he was named as one of the National Geographic Society’s Emerging Explorers.
Jose is also a member of the Marine Turtle Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and country co-coordinator of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network (WIDECAST).