I am originally from the highlands of Ecuador, South-America. In 2009, I received my Bachelor´s degree in Agronomy from Pan-American Agricultural School “Zamorano”, Honduras, Central-America. My thesis was related to the biology and behavior of Phaenochillus n.sp (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), a predator of the scale Aulacaspis yasumatsui (Hemiptera: Diaspidiidae) conducted in the biological control and containment laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida. During my undergraduate at Zamorano, I developed a profound interest for integrated pest management and conducted further research with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Ohio where I worked on research projects with fruits and vegetables polyculture systems and urban agricultural practices.
Before starting the DPM program, I worked in the Amazon jungle with indigenous people and I realized the importance of interactions between animals (humans), plants and environments in plant health.
In my opinion the DPM program provides a broad and flexible interdisciplinary knowledge accompanied with extensive training. Together small farmers´ limitations can be practically achieved including most of the factors.
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