Researcher biography

Hernan is a Chilean veterinarian with a background in conservation planning and human–wildlife conflict. He began his work in the Chilean Central Andes, where he studied the benefits of livestock protection dogs to decrease the conflict between local herders and native carnivores. Hernan went on to complement this line of research with postgraduate studies in environmental management and economics. He later moved to Australia, where he completed his PhD on invasive species management under uncertainty, by implementing participatory approaches, economic analysis, and demographic and spatial models to streamline the decision-making process to maximise social, ecological and economical benefits.