Miguel Arvelo, RSI coordinator at Provita in Venezuela, was working at the Smithsonian (SI) Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Virginia and the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington DC from August through December 2016. He was there receiving laboratory training at SI to recover and prepare DNA from museum samples in Venezuela for next generation sequencing.

During his stay, in October Miguel presented on the RSI for the SCBI “Evening Lecture” series. The audience of nearly 100 included researchers, students and local community members.

Among other matters, he has been very busy helping with research and planning, ex situ management, strengthening and expanding our global conservation network, outreach and communications, as well as fundraising. Good luck Miguel!