Luciano Valenzuela

Luciano Valenzuela
I was born and raised in a small town in Argentina. My best childhood memories are in the farm running with dogs, in the sand dunes discovering lizards, and always looking at the ocean for the ever-elusive coastal dolphins. My connection with nature was always present.

I studied biology at the public and free Universidad de Buenos Aires, focusing on population ecology, and in 2002 I moved to Utah where I got a PhD in Biology from the University of Utah studying diet and migration of the southern right whales. As a member of the NGO Instituto de Conservación de Ballenas (Whale Conservation Institute) I had the chance of working and spending numerous hours among whales in Península Valdés, Argentina, which change my life and my view of the interactions between humans and nature.

While at the University of Utah I specialized on a particular analytical technique, called stable isotope analyses, that has allowed me to do research in different areas such as animal ecology, human physiology and diet, forensics, food traceability and bio-archaeology in the US and Argentina. Over the years I have been a Teaching Assistant, Instructor and Professor for several undergraduate courses such as Evolution and Diversity of Life, Urban Ecology, and Comparative Ecology, as well as several graduate level courses focusing on isotope ecology. After 11 years in the US, I moved back to Argentina as a CONICET researcher and now I live on the coastal city of Quequén-Necochea where I work, walk my dogs and surf!