Who We Are

Comunidad Aniceto

Foundation for the Conservation of the Tropical Andes (FCAT) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 2011 and based in Ecuador.  Our team consists of local residents from our project areas and Ecuadorian and international scientists and conservation practitioners.  We have been working together for nearly a decade, and are deeply committed to the lasting wellbeing of local residents and conservation of biodiversity in the Tropical Andes.


Mónica Gonzalez, Executive Director & Co-Founder Specialist Doctor in Ecology and Environmental Biology Education, she has coordinated several research projects and environmental education. More than two decades of experience in Environmental Education in Ecuador, including seven years of work Ecological Reserve in Chindul Mache, her work has been recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Environment, and residents local. Dr. Gonzalez has managed large projects in the past and has experience in environmental management.

Luis Carrasco, President & Co-Founder Luis Carrasco fcatGraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the Central University of Ecuador. He has led as a researcher in several national and international organizations. Over 10 years experience in the rainforests of Chocó as a specialist in ornithology and ecology. He is coauthor of several articles in scientific journals worldwide. His interest focuses on environmental conservation and development of community education.

Jorge Olivo, Secretary & Co-Founder JorgeJorge Olivo is a highly respected local resident in the Mache-Chindul Reserve. Jorge has been a core member of our group since 2003, and contributes expertise in scientific research and community outreach to our efforts. His research focuses on endangered long-wattled umbrellabirds and forest fragments. Jorge has been received the ‘Local Conservation Hero Award’ for his work with FCAT, and has disseminated the results of his research via peer-reviewed publication and presentations in international scientific meetings.

Domingo Cabrera, Board Member & Co-Founder DomingoDomingo is a highly respected local resident in the Mache-Chindul Reserve. Domingo, who joined our team in 2004, contributes expertise in scientific research and community outreach to our efforts. His research focuses on seed dispersal, and he has disseminated the results of his research via peer-reviewed publication and presentations in international scientific meetings.

Jordan Karubian, Board Member & Co-Founder Jordan photoJordan lived in Ecuador 2001- 2005 and helped to found this project. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, and he contributes scientific expertise and assists with fund-raising and strategy. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and his community engagement work has been recognized by the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty and the Biotropica Award for Excellence in Tropical Biology and Conservation, among others.

Mike McColm, Board Member & Co-Founder yz7IUxdxqtWEF8kpxyE5loamTnImyURLkhkzdHVifuwDoctor in Business Administration and Policy at the University of California, Master of Environmental Studies at Humboldt State University. Founder Khatun Sacha Foundation in Ecuador, led the development of a network of reserves private, and complimentary research projects, support, production and education to promote the conservation of priority ecosystems in Ecuador. He currently works as director of Amazons, State and Nature Conservation International Culture, coordinating development projects regional, supporting the community and private protected areas, production and cultural development projects, both in Cajamarca and Amazons States.

Fernando Castillo, Active Member fernando castillo fcatNaturalist at heart, he has participated in major science research projects that are focused on the conservation of the environment, with more than 8 years experience working in the study and conservation of the avifauna of the Chocó Ecuador, in addition to his interest in the awareness of villages for a healthy environment living in harmony with nature. Student in the Environmental English Polytechnic School of Agropecuaria in Manabi.

Luke Browne, Active Member LukeLuke is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. He is conducting his dissertation research in the Mache-Chindul Reserve in collaboration with FCAT.