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Sergio Avila-Villegas, M.S.
Conservation Scientist, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Sergio Avila-Villegas is a Conservation Research Scientist with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum since 2015, where he leads collaborative efforts on connectivity for wildlife, habitat restoration, education and interpretation in the Sonoran Desert region of Sonora, Baja California and Arizona. Sergio graduated from the University of Baja California with a Master’s degree in Arid Lands Management, and the University of Aguascalientes with a B.S. in Biology. For over seventeen years, Sergio has gained extensive training and experience working in remote areas of northwest Mexico and the U.S. southwest on wildlife conservation and research, and challenges related to wildlife movement across the US-Mexico border. In the past decade, Sergio developed and led an international Conservation Program in Mexico, with the mission to create a network of conservation lands to allow wildlife movements and to monitor and protect the biodiversity of the Sky Island Region. His field experience includes working with jaguars, pumas, ocelots, Cactus-ferruginous pygmy owls, Santa Catalina rattlesnakes, California sea lions, and Monarch butterflies. Sergio Avila is Conservation Science Fellow of the Wilburforce Foundation (2015), a member of the Sonoran Joint Venture Management Board since 2013, and a certified wildlife tracker with CyberTracker (2013). He lives in Tucson with his wife Jenny, their three cats Lupe, Carlos and Pancho, and Toby, the desert tortoise.