Today, we bid adieu to German Lopez and Celso Cawich, two of our long time biologists. Both German and Celso have been awarded scholarship opportunities to pursue master levels studies.
German is one of two Belizeans selected as recipients of scholarship awards under the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus program and is now in the United Kingdom completing a two-year master’s in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management at Bangor University. During his time at the ERI, German worked as a Botanist under the Darwin Initiative funded project: Conservation of the Lowland Savanna Ecosystem in Belize. Under this project, he led the re-curation of Belize’s national herbarium where he was successful in mounting and databasing over 2000 specimens. He was also involved in the establishment and re-measurement of permanent sampling plots throughout Belize including within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.