The Team



Aleszu Bajak is’s founder and editor. He is a laboratory technician turned science writer who is passionate about Latin America’s scientific advances and their dissemination. Aleszu is currently a senior writer with Undark magazine, a project of the Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a fellow from 2013 to 2014. His writing can be found at




Though Michelle María Early Capistrán is a cultural anthropologist by training, the currents of the North Pacific led her to marine biology. She received a graduate degree in Ocean Sciences and Limnology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and researches long-term human interactions with marine ecosystems by integrating ethnographic fieldwork, archival research and statistical analysis. She is author of the book Voces del Oleaje: ecología política de las tortugas marinas en la costa de Oaxaca.




Fabiana is an agronomist specializing in biotechnology and plant genetics currently directing the biotechnology arm of the Argentine Seed Association. Fabiana is the author of the book Biotecnología… ¿qué te cuento? and several scientific and educational publications on biotechnology, plant genetics and crop improvement. She has a doctorate from the University of the Basque Country in Philosophy, Science, Technology and Society and has worked in Spain and Venezuela.



Juan Fernando is a graduate student and EPA-STAR Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley studying biodiversity, ecosystems and climate change and focusing on littoral sediments from the Salton Sea, CA. To explore the economic potential of Ecuador’s biodiversity, Juan Fernando is putting together bioengineers, computer animators, and GIS professionals interested in applied diversity: from biomolecules to ecosystems. Follow their blog


Karina Vega-Villa

Karina is an Ecuadorian-American scientist interested in the study of ethnopharmaceuticals and the use of plants for drug development. Karina studied Biology at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador (PUCE) and obtained her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Idaho. After receiving her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Washington State University, she worked for a year in the natural products industry. She recently finished her postdoctoral training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Karina is interested in the combination of experimental and computational modeling and simulation approaches for drug development based on traditional knowledge in Ecuador with an emphasis in neglected tropical diseases.


Felix Moronta

Felix Moronta is a 31-year-old molecular biologist from Venezuela. He is currently a post-Doc at the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas in Caracas, Venezuela. Read his blog at





Cristina Dorador is professor in the laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Functional Complexity at the University of Antofagasta in Antofagasta, Chile.