Plant-for-the-Planet
Restoration Team

Our passion comes from our people. Different backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives make us a stronger and more capable team. This is especially true for our workers on site. Every single team member makes a valuable contribution. The experts listed here, as well as all the other members of our restoration team, are the true heroes who put our mission and the donors' mandate into action.
Dr Anna Carbonell

Assistant to the board

Dr Anna Carbonell
Assistant to the board

I lead and manage the ecologists and the logistics teams in the restoration sites in the Yucatán Peninsula. I also oversee our other restoration projects in México.

Dr Leland Werden

Director of Science

Dr Leland Werden
Director of Science

I lead the design of our forest restoration plans and monitoring program in the Yucatán, and provide scientific guidance to other projects around the world.

Marcos Escobar

Seed Program Coordinator

Marcos Escobar
Seed Program Coordinator

I am in charge of the native tree seed collection program in Mexico. I also write articles for the blog. 

Dinosca Rondon

GIS Coordinator

Dinosca Rondon
GIS Coordinator

My main job is to create detailed maps of vegetation, soils, water conditions and more to guide decision making. As part of that, I often help with restoration supervision.

Ricardo Gaumer

Research Coordinator

Ricardo Gaumer
Research Coordinator

I am in charge of organizing and carrying out the experiments and taking measurements and samples for the study of forest restoration.

Dr Jose Zapata

Restoration Coordinator (Bacalar)

Dr Jose Zapata
Restoration Coordinator (Bacalar)

Together with Ivett, I coordinate and supervise the restoration works, including planning, management and well-being of the staff involved at La Ceiba, Bacalar.

Samantha Davalos

Restoration Projects Evaluator

Samantha Davalos
Restoration Projects Evaluator

I am in charge of developing the project standards and coordinating the evaluation of all the planting projects present in the Plant-for-the-Planet platform.

Antonio Dominguez

Restoration Coordinator (Las Americas)

Antonio Dominguez
Restoration Coordinator (Las Americas)

I coordinate and supervise the restoration activities in all Las Americas sites. I work in the field verifying all the site preparation, planting and maintenance.

Ivett Marquez

Restoration Coordinator (Bacalar)

Ivett Marquez
Restoration Coordinator (Bacalar)

Together with Jose, I coordinate the restoration work in La Ceiba, Bacalar. Supervising and participating in the activities of the program.

Elder de la Cruz

Logistics Coordinator

Elder de la Cruz
Logistics Coordinator

I’m in charge of all logistics and support staff, so I ensure that our vehicles and buildings are maintained, that our kitchen staff provides tasty meals for everyone and that the roads are intact.

Fernando Garcia

Acquisitions & Purchasing Officer

Fernando Garcia
Acquisitions & Purchasing Officer

I’m in charge of all acquisitions, that includes food for 100 people, machetes, car parts and research equipment.

Doris Rodriguez

Field Technician

Doris Rodriguez
Field Technician

Montserrat and I are in charge of data collection (height, diameter and survival of plants), physically and digitally of the experiments. When it is required, I help all the coordinators in all the different projects as a general support staff.

Montserrat Samaniego

Field Technician

Montserrat Samaniego
Field Technician

Doris and I are in charge of data collection (height, diameter and survival of plants), physically and digitally of the experiments. When it is required, I help all the coordinators in all the different projects as a general support staff.

Isaias Gomez

Accountant

Isaias Gomez
Accountant

I am from Constitucion and an accountant by training. I’m responsible for HR and accounting at Plant-for-the-Planet Mexico.

Isaias Gomez

Isaias Gomez
Accountant

I am from Constitucion and an accountant by training. I’m responsible for HR and accounting at Plant-for-the-Planet Mexico.

Montserrat Samaniego

Montserrat Samaniego
Field Technician

Doris and I are in charge of data collection (height, diameter and survival of plants), physically and digitally of the experiments. When it is required, I help all the coordinators in all the different projects as a general support staff.

Doris Rodriguez

Doris Rodriguez
Field Technician

Montserrat and I are in charge of data collection (height, diameter and survival of plants), physically and digitally of the experiments. When it is required, I help all the coordinators in all the different projects as a general support staff.

Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia
Acquisitions & Purchasing Officer

I’m in charge of all acquisitions, that includes food for 100 people, machetes, car parts and research equipment.

Elder de la Cruz

Elder de la Cruz
Logistics Coordinator

I’m in charge of all logistics and support staff, so I ensure that our vehicles and buildings are maintained, that our kitchen staff provides tasty meals for everyone and that the roads are intact.

Ivett Marquez

Ivett Marquez
Restoration Coordinator (Bacalar)

Together with Jose, I coordinate the restoration work in La Ceiba, Bacalar. Supervising and participating in the activities of the program.

Antonio Dominguez

Antonio Dominguez
Restoration Coordinator (Las Americas)

I coordinate and supervise the restoration activities in all Las Americas sites. I work in the field verifying all the site preparation, planting and maintenance.

Samantha Davalos

Samantha Davalos
Restoration Projects Evaluator

I am in charge of developing the project standards and coordinating the evaluation of all the planting projects present in the Plant-for-the-Planet platform.

Dr Jose Zapata

Dr Jose Zapata
Restoration Coordinator (Bacalar)

Together with Ivett, I coordinate and supervise the restoration works, including planning, management and well-being of the staff involved at La Ceiba, Bacalar.

Ricardo Gaumer

Ricardo Gaumer
Research Coordinator

I am in charge of organizing and carrying out the experiments and taking measurements and samples for the study of forest restoration.

Dinosca Rondon

Dinosca Rondon
GIS Coordinator

My main job is to create detailed maps of vegetation, soils, water conditions and more to guide decision making. As part of that, I often help with restoration supervision.

Marcos Escobar

Marcos Escobar
Seed Program Coordinator

I am in charge of the native tree seed collection program in Mexico. I also write articles for the blog. 

Isaias Gomez

Isaias Gomez
Accountant

I am from Constitucion and an accountant by training. I’m responsible for HR and accounting at Plant-for-the-Planet Mexico.

Montserrat Samaniego

Montserrat Samaniego
Field Technician

Doris and I are in charge of data collection (height, diameter and survival of plants), physically and digitally of the experiments. When it is required, I help all the coordinators in all the different projects as a general support staff.

Doris Rodriguez

Doris Rodriguez
Field Technician

Montserrat and I are in charge of data collection (height, diameter and survival of plants), physically and digitally of the experiments. When it is required, I help all the coordinators in all the different projects as a general support staff.

Fernando Garcia

Fernando Garcia
Acquisitions & Purchasing Officer

I’m in charge of all acquisitions, that includes food for 100 people, machetes, car parts and research equipment.

Elder de la Cruz

Elder de la Cruz
Logistics Coordinator

I’m in charge of all logistics and support staff, so I ensure that our vehicles and buildings are maintained, that our kitchen staff provides tasty meals for everyone and that the roads are intact.

Ivett Marquez

Ivett Marquez
Restoration Coordinator (Bacalar)

Together with Jose, I coordinate the restoration work in La Ceiba, Bacalar. Supervising and participating in the activities of the program.

Antonio Dominguez

Antonio Dominguez
Restoration Coordinator (Las Americas)

I coordinate and supervise the restoration activities in all Las Americas sites. I work in the field verifying all the site preparation, planting and maintenance.

Samantha Davalos

Samantha Davalos
Restoration Projects Evaluator

I am in charge of developing the project standards and coordinating the evaluation of all the planting projects present in the Plant-for-the-Planet platform.

Dr Jose Zapata

Dr Jose Zapata
Restoration Coordinator (Bacalar)

Together with Ivett, I coordinate and supervise the restoration works, including planning, management and well-being of the staff involved at La Ceiba, Bacalar.

Ricardo Gaumer

Ricardo Gaumer
Research Coordinator

I am in charge of organizing and carrying out the experiments and taking measurements and samples for the study of forest restoration.

Dinosca Rondon

Dinosca Rondon
GIS Coordinator

My main job is to create detailed maps of vegetation, soils, water conditions and more to guide decision making. As part of that, I often help with restoration supervision.

Marcos Escobar

Marcos Escobar
Seed Program Coordinator

I am in charge of the native tree seed collection program in Mexico. I also write articles for the blog. 

Restoration Supervision Expert Board

Our restoration project on the Yucatán Peninsula is supervised and advised by the following four independent experts:

  • Dr. Pilar Angélica Gómez-Ruiz, Researcher and Professor, Universidad Autónoma del Carmen, Mexico [Google Scholar]
  • Dr. Rakan A. Zahawi, Executive Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation, Ecuador [Google Scholar]
  • Dr. Joachim Hamberger, Graduate Forest Economist (Univ.), Forestry Director at the State Academy for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (FüAK) Landshut
  • Joachim Elsässer, representative of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) for project coordination with the countries of the Pacific Alliance, delegate of the Mexican industry in Germany, representative of the Federation of Catholic Entrepreneurs.

The Board meets three times annually to review and approve all of our restoration plans and provides feedback and guidance to improve our overall restoration efforts.