"The Bamboo of Mexico in the 21st Century: Diversity, Useful Species and Conservation"
Dr. Eduardo Ruiz Sánchez is a graduate biologist at the University of Guadalajara, with a PhD in Sciences in Systematics from the Instituto de Ecología AC. He did two postdoctoral stays, one at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2011 he joined to work as a Researcher at the Instituto de Ecología AC, in the Centro Regional del Bajio and from April 2017 is attached to the University Center of Biological and Agricultural Sciences of the University of Guadalajara as Professor Researcher "A”. He has published 40 research articles in indexed journals of which 23 are related to Phylogenetic Systematics, Taxonomy and Evolution of Mesoamerican Bamboos. He has described 16 new species of bamboos for Mexico and one for Colombia. He has mentored a graduated Phd student and has three more Phd students, two of whom will graduate in the fall of 2017. He teaches two postgraduate courses: Phylogenetic Systematics and Phylogeography and at the undergraduate level: Taxonomy and Monocotyledons. He is the Executive Director of BOTA (Bamboo of the Americas) a non-profit organization that supports students and researchers from Latin America in their projects of conservation, ecology and / or taxonomy of native bamboos of America.