Enzo Aliaga-Rossel, PhD

Associate researcher
Institute of Ecology
Universidad Mayor de San Andres
La Paz- Bolivia

Email: ealiagar@)hotmail.com

I am a Bolivian Biologist, I have been involved in research and conservation of river dolphins in Bolivia and Peru, for about the last twelve years. A large focus of my recent work has been in the Bolivian River dolphin (Inia boliviensis), an endemic species of the Upper Madeira-Basin. South American river dolphins are threatened by several human actions including habitat destruction, conflicts with fisheries, boat traffic, changes in the habitat that affects rivers. Therefore I participated actively in the South American action Plan, and also in Action Plans in Bolivia and Peru. Also, my main interests and current activities include conservation-oriented supporting a new Municipal Protected Area Ibare-Mamore in the Beni Department of Bolivia, which includes a large population of this cetacean.

Education

  • PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dissertation: The cascading effect of mammal species defaunation on seed and seedling survivorship as a result of hunting.
  •  Master in Science (2004). Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Management.  State University of New York- Environmental Science and Forestry. USA.  College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).  Thesis: Landscape use, ecology and home-range of the agouti (Dasyprocta punctata).
  • Licenciatura in Biology. (2000). Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. La Paz-  Bolivia. College of Pure and Natural Sciences.  Thesis: Distribution and Abundance of the river dolphin, (Inia geoffrensis) in the Tijamuchi river, Beni-Bolivia

 Peer-reviewed publications

 Aliaga-Rossel E,. L. Guizada, A. Beerman, A. Alcocer & C. Morales. 2012. Distribución y estado poblacional del Bufeo boliviano (Inia boliviensis) en cuatro tributarios de la subcuenca del Río Mamore. Revista Ecología en Bolivia. 47(2). [In spanish]

Aliaga – Rossel, E. 2012. El delfín de río en Bolivia. Bolivia ecológica 65: 1-40.[In spanish]

Aliaga-Rossel E,. & S. Quevedo. 2011. The Bolivian River Dolphin in the Tijamuchi and Ibare Rivers (Upper Madeira Basin) during rainy season in “La Niña” event. Journal of Neotropical mammalogy 18 (2): 293-299.

 Aliaga-Rossel, E., A. Beerman y J. Sarmiento. 2010. Stomach Content of a Juvenile Bolivian River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis boliviensis) from the Upper Madeira Basin, Bolivia. Journal of Aquatic Mammals. 36(3): 284-287

Gómez-Salazar C., M. Portocarrero-Aya, F. Trujillo, S. Caballero, J. Bolaños-Jiménez, V. Utreras, T. Mcguire, A. Ferrer-Pérez, M. Pool & E. Aliaga-Rossel. 2010. Update on the freshwater distribution of Sotalia in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and Suriname. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals. 8(1-2): 171-178.

McGuire, T., & E. Aliaga-Rossel. 2007. Seasonality of Reproduction in Amazon River Dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) in Three Major River Basins of South America. Biotropica. 39(1):129-135

Aliaga- Rossel, E., T. McGuire, & H. Hamilton. 2006. Distribution and encounter rates of the river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis boliviensis) in the central Bolivian Amazon. The Journal of Cetacean Research and Management. 8(1):87–92

Aliaga- Rossel, E. 2003. Situación actual del delfín de rio (Inia geoffrensis) en Bolivia. Revista Ecología en Bolivia 38(2): 167-177. [In Spanish]

 Aliaga-Rossel, E. 2002. Distribution and Abundance of the river dolphin, (Inia geoffrensis) in the Tijamuchi river, Beni-Bolivia. Journal of Aquatic Mammals. 28(3):312-323.

 Publications books/ Chapters

 + Trujillo, F., Diazgranados, M.C., Utreras, V., Aliaga- Rossel, E. y Rodríguez-Maldonado M.V. 2011. “Delfines de río en Suramérica”. Fundación Omacha, Serie de Especies Amenazadas, No. 2. Bogotá, 64 p. [In spanish]

 + Trujillo F, E. Crespo, P. Van Damme, V. Da Silva, S. Usma, E. Aliaga- Rossel, C. Gómez-Salazar, M. Portocarrero, E. Suárez, A. Ferrer & J. Bolaños. 2011. Plan de Acción para la conservación de delfines de río en Sudamérica. Pp 35-48. En Trujillo, F., Crespo, E., Van Damme, P. y J.S. Usma (Editores). 2011. Plan de Acción para la conservación los Delfines de Río en Sudamérica. Resumen ejecutivo y avances 2010 – 2020. WWF, Fundación Omacha, WDS, WDCS, Solamac. Bogotá, D.C., Colombia. 104 pp. [In spanish]

 + Trujillo, F., C. Gómez-Salazar, M. Portocarrero-Aya, E. Aliaga-Rossel, V. Utreras, S. Usma y G. Tavera. 2011. Estimaciones de Abundancia de delfines de río: una herramienta para diseñar estrategias de conservación. Pp. 57- 70. Plan de Acción para la conservación de delfines de río en Sudamérica. Pp 35-48. En Trujillo, F., Crespo, E., Van Damme, P. y J.S. Usma (Editores). 2011. Plan de Acción para la conservación los Delfines de Río en Sudamérica. Resumen ejecutivo y avances 2010 – 2020. WWF, Fundación Omacha, WDS, WDCS, Solamac. Bogotá, D.C., Colombia. 104 pp.

 + Aliaga- Rossel, E. & Escobar M. 2010. Plan General y Protocolo de manipulación de los bufeos (Inia boliviensis) atrapados en el rio Pailas- Bolivia. Documento técnico, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Agua- Dirección General de Biodiversidad 12pp. [In spanish]

 + McGuire T.L. & Aliaga- Rossel, E. 2010. Seasonal Ecology of Inia in Three River Basins of South America (Orinoco, Amazon, and Upper Madeira). Pp 24-54. In. Ruiz-Garcia, M & J. Shostell (Eds.). Biology, Evolution and Conservation of the River dolphins in South America and Asia: Unknown dolphins in danger.  Nova Publishers (Book chapter)

+ Aliaga- Rossel, E. 2010. Conservation of the River dolphin (Inia boliviensis) in Bolivia. Pp 55-70. In. Ruiz-Garcia, M & J. Shostell (Eds.). Biology, Evolution and Conservation of the River dolphins in South America and Asia: Unknown dolphins in danger.  Nova Publishers (Book chapter). [In spanish]

 + Aliaga- Rossel, E. & T.L. McGuire.2010.  Iniidae. Capítulo 20. Pp 535-570. En: Wallace, R.B., H. Gómez, Z.R. Porcel  & D.I. Rumiz (Eds.). Distribución, Ecología y Conservación de los Mamíferos Medianos y Grandes de Bolivia. Editorial: Centro de Ecología Difusión Simón I. Patiño. Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. [In spanish]

 + McGuire, T. & E. Aliaga- Rossel. Ecology and conservation status of river dolphins Inia and Sotalia in Peru. Pp: 57-84.

 In: Trujillo, F., Crespo, E., van Damme, P & J.S. Usma. 2010. The Action Plan for South American river dolphins 2010 – 2020. WWF, Fundacion Omacha, Solamac. Bogota, Colombia.

+ Tavera, G., E. Aliaga–Rossel, P. van Damme. Distribution and conservation status of the Bolivian river Inia boliviensis (d’Orbigny 1832). Pp: 95-117. In: Trujillo, F., Crespo, E., van Damme, P & J.S. Usma. 2010. The Action Plan for South American river dolphins 2010 – 2020. WWF, Fundacion Omacha, Solamac. Bogota, Colombia.

 + Aliaga- Rossel, E. 2009. Inia boliviensis. Pp: 534-535. En: Aguirre, L.F.  R. Aguayo, J. Balderrama, C. Cortez & T. Tarifa. Libro rojo de la fauna silvestre de vertebrados de Bolivia. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Agua. Red Book of Vertebrates of Bolivia.