Ana María Ortega, MS

Ana María is an Ecuadorian scientist with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Central University of Ecuador and an MS in ecosystem management from the Autonomous University of Baja California, México. She has experience in research projects in the fields of biology, ecology, conservation, and taxonomy of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and is one of the most important Ecuadorian investigators of water quality analysis using macro-invertebrates as biological indicators, research which is used by several SIT students each semester for their Independent Study Projects (ISP). Ana María has participated in several ecology and conservation projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region and the Galápagos Islands. Her training in ecosystem management has led her to participate in projects for the development of natural resources management plans in Mexico and Ecuador.  She is one of the authors of the book Beetles of Ecuador, one of the most comprehensive information about Coleoptera in the country. Ana María has served as guest lecturer, ISP advisor, and field guide for this program.


  • MS, Autonomous University of Baja California, México
  • BS, Central University of Ecuador
Ana María Ortega, MS

SIT Study Abroad

Academic Assistant

ECUADOR: Comparative Ecology and Conservation

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