Ivan Manuel Sánchez graduated from Universidad Nacional de Colombia as a biologist in 1998. He specializes in the study of wildlife (amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals), and the management and conservation of biodiversity. He has worked on research studying the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata), Colombian red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), ornate titi (Plecturocebus ornatus), and the white-footed tamarin (Saguinus leucopus), among other animals.
He has also participated in wildlife inventories and the implementation of measures for the management and conservation of species.
He has worked with organizations including Conservation International Colombia, the Administrative Department for the Environment (DAMA), the Chivor Regional Environment Agency (CORPOCHIVOR), the Natural Sciences Institute at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Fundación Biocolombia, and the Araguatos Primatology Center.
He has worked on the different stages of Environmental Impact Studies and Management Plans for private companies in the environmental sector, in accordance with the applicable guidelines and regulations.
His academic experience includes membership of the Colombian Primatology Association, instructor of courses on theory and practice, and author of several scientific publications on primates and birds of prey.
Ivan joined FCDS in January 2020, employing his expertise on wildlife to provide technical support to the Green Road Infrastructure Guidelines and Community Tourism projects.