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In memoriam: Juan Carlos Guzmán Aranda (’04)

Nov. 13, 2015 – Juan Carlos Guzmán Aranda (’04 Ph.D. wildlife science) passed away on June 21, 2015, in Mexico after a brief illness.

He had worked at several positions in Mexico after completing his doctorate, most recently serving with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation as coordinator for the Regional Alliance for Chihuahuan Desert Grassland Conservation. His work there focused on integrating grassland stakeholders from Mexico to promote sustainable grazing practices and develop strategies to draw grassland protection laws. (Mexico has laws to protect water and forests, but not grasslands.)

In addition, Juan Carlos had coordinated and organized 11 workshops held at the University of Chihuahua from 2000 through 2010 at which Professor Dean Stauffer taught on the topics of habitat evaluation, population estimation, and population management. Participants included students and professional wildlife/park managers from all over Mexico.

“Juan Carlos was a credit to our program and a champion for effective wildlife management in Mexico,” Stauffer said. “After graduating from Virginia Tech, he worked tirelessly with organizations at local, national, and international levels to promote conservation of wildlife, especially those of grasslands. His influence will be greatly missed.”


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