María Elena Barragán-Paladines (executive director of the Gustavo Orces Herpetological Foundation) has been named Griffith Sciences’ 2021 Outstanding International Alumnus

For more than 30 years, Ms Barragán-Paladines has travelled throughout Ecuador, determined to change the negative stigma surrounding venomous snakes and promote the conservation of Ecuadorian ecosystems.

Her work has led to biodiversity discoveries, influenced the next generation of herpetology professionals and has brought greater awareness and training to thousands of people in the local community.

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