ORGANIZERS

Universidad San Francisco ¨USFQ¨

The USFQ is a private, nonprofit Liberal Arts University. It seeks to form leaders: people with innovative (accepting change, promoting it and using it to create a fairer and more equitable society), creative (driving new ideas) and entrepreneurial character who take well-informed risks based on knowledge and wisdom. Website

UNIVERSIDAD DE LAS AMÉRICAS ¨UDLA¨

UDLA aims at addressing Ecuador’s social and environmental challenges through academic research. The Environmental Engineering program in Remediation and Prevention, along with the Faculty of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences implement research projects with universities and research institutes worldwide. The publications related to bio-indicators and ecological state of rivers produced by UDLA researchers are among the most cited papers in the region pertaining to these subjects. In addition, the University boasts excellent research infrastructure and teaching facilities for the development of the study of aquatic biodiversity and the remediation of aquatic ecosystems. Website

Instituto Biosfera de la USFQ

An interdisciplinary institute that aims to conduct scientific research in a wide range of academic subjects and across different types of ecosystems of the biosphere, at both national and international scale. Its goal is to contribute to the generation of knowledge, management, conservation and restoration of diverse species and ecosystems, and proposes a holistic vision that takes into account ecological, evolutionary, technical, social, cultural, legal and economic aspects.

Laboratorio de Ecología Acuática LEA

The mission of LEA is to research and generate new knowledge on biology and ecology of freshwater ecosystems, with special emphasis on lotic ecosystems. We implement projects within various subjects, such as taxonomy of freshwater insects, behavioral ecology, aquatic populations and communities, and study the functioning and ecological processes in rivers and streams. We also carry out applied projects related to freshwater bio-monitoring and the maintenance of environmental flows, in order to contribute to the conservation of rivers and to the integrated management of water resources in Ecuador. Website

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Andrea Encalada, Ph.D.

Directora del Laboratorio Ecología Acuática
Instituto BIOSFERA

Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Blanca Ríos-Touma, Ph.D.

Facultad de Ingenierías y Ciencias Agropecuarias

Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador

Monika Springer, M.Sc.

Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR) & Escuela de Biología

Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica

Alonso Ramírez, Ph.D.

Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales

Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Maja Celinscak, M.Sc.

Coordinadora del Instituto BIOSFERA

Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

We thank the Scientific Committee for their help in reviewing the abstracts for oral sessions, posters and symposia.

Alonso Ramírez, Ph.D.
Departamento de Ciencias Ambientales
Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Monika Springer, Ms.C.
Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología (CIMAR) & Escuela de Biología
Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
Blanca Ríos-Touma, Ph.D.
Facultad de Ingenierías y Ciencias Agropecuarias
Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador
Andrea Encalada, Ph.D.
Director of Laboratorio Ecología Acuática
Instituto BIOSFERA
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Valeria Ochoa, Ph.D.
Director of Laboratorio Ingeniería Ambiental
Instituto BIOSFERA
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Susan Poats, Ph.D.
Corporación Randi Randi
Quito, Ecuador
Krista Capps, Ph.D.
Odum School of Ecology,
University of Georgia, EEUU
Scott Tiegs, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences,
Oakland University, EEUU
Andrea Landeira, Ph.D.
Laboratorio Ecología Acuática
Instituto BIOSFERA
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
María Mercedes Castillo, Ph.D.
Departamento de Ciencias de la Sustentabilidad,
Colegio de la Frontera Sur, México
Raúl Acosta, Ph.D.
Departamento de Ecologia,
Universidad de Barcelona.
Christian Villamarín, Ph.D.
Facultad de Ingenierías y Ciencias Agropecuarias
Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador
Laura Guerrero, Ph.D.
Facultad de Ingenierías y Ciencias Agropecuarias
Universidad de Las Américas, Quito, Ecuador
Verónica Crespo, Ph.D.
Director of Laboratorio Ecología Acuática
Research associate at Laboratorio de Entomología de la Escuela de Ciencias Biológicas de la PUCE
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador
María de Lourdes Torres, Ph.D.
Directora Laboratorio Biotecnología
Instituto BIOSFERA
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Jorge Celi, Ph.D.
Ciencias del Agua
IKIAM, Ecuador
Carlos Luis López Lozada, Ph.D.
Facultad de Ciencias de la Vida
Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador

ACADEMIC GROUPS

Red Macrolatinos (RML)

The Red Macrolatinos is group of researchers from around the world with common interests in the study of aquatic macroinvertebrates, freshwater ecosystems and diverse aspects related to these topics across Latin America. This network includes students, professionals, consultants and professors from countries ranging from Mexico to Argentina, along with colleagues and coworkers from Europe and the USA. We frequently share news, have a members list, and have a Facebook account to share photos and information about macroinvertebrates.

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Asociación Ecuatoriana de Limnología (AEL)

The Asociación Ecuatoriana de Limnología is a national scientific organization whose purpose is to promote the understanding of the lotic, lentic and wetland ecosystems. The AEL encourages the exchange of scientific information and management of water resources between its members and other similar associations. The AEL members have diverse interests that range from purely academic topics of describing and understanding how aquatic ecosystems work, to subjects related to management, conservation and restoration of freshwater systems.

Society for Freshwater Science (SFS)

The Society for Freshwater Science is an international scientific organization whose purpose is to promote understanding of freshwater ecosystems (rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs and estuaries) and ecosystems at the interface between aquatic and terrestrial habitats (wetlands, Marshes, riparian forests and grasslands). The society fosters the exchange of scientific information among members and with other professional societies, resource managers, policy makers, educators and the public. Society members study the genetics to the community structure of freshwater organisms, freshwater ecosystems function, physical processes that affect freshwater, and linkages between freshwater ecosystems and surrounding landscapes. Applied aspects of its science include habitat and water quality assessment, conservation, fisheries and invasive species management, integrated water resource management, and restoration.

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La Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana (SOL)

The Sociedad(e) de Odonatología Latinoamericana seeks to promote the knowledge of dragonflies at both scientific and public outreach level, by developing educational activities through university and high school programs, scientific meetings and publications. It also strives to promote scientific research as well as the protection and conservation of dragonfly species and their habitats.