Dr. Carlos Martinez Del Rio

rowing-2-BW.pngCarlos Martinez del Rio grew up surrounded by cow dung and books: he chased cows and he read. He discovered nature on horseback and through the stories of old vaqueros. He has an expansive love for wild creatures and for science. He has explored how birds disperse mistletoe seeds, why hummingbirds can digest table sugar but robins cannot, and why variable temperatures makes hawkmoths uncertain pollinators. Most recently, he counts neutrons with mass spectrometers to find out how much desert birds depend on cacti and why there are so few marine songbirds. He has published about 150 papers and a book (link to Google Scholar profile) on physiological ecology, ecology, natural history and conservation biology. He has been a professor in UW’s department of Zoology and Physiology since 1994 and director of the Biodiversity Institute since October of 2012. As a director of the University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute, he aims to collaborate with scientists, resource managers, artists, and educators to make science come alive and to bring members of the university and citizens of the state together in appreciation of Wyoming’s natural heritage.