Gabriela Chavarria, Ph.D., the new vice president of research and collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, mingles with guests on Feb. 13 at a welcome reception in her honor.Growing up in Mexico City, Chavarria, who has conducted research in more than 30 countries around the world, says she fell in love with bees at an early age. Most recently, her work has focused on fighting the illegal trafficking of tropical hardwoods. She received her bachelor’s in biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and her master’s and Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard, where she studied under two-time Pulitzer winner E.O. Wilson.“I am honored and thrilled to join the ranks of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and add a new level of scientific expertise and passion for scientific collections,” she said. “I look forward to being part of an institution that is training and mentoring the next generation of scientists.” Photo by Peter Jones
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