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Mariana Altrichter, Ph.D,. M.S.


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Prescott, AZ 86301

Mariana Altrichter  is a native of Argentina, lived in Costa Rica for over five years, and in the US for the last ten. Mariana has conducted over 15 years of biological and sociological research on conservation of biodiversity, use of wildlife by rural and indigenous people, and the interactions between macroeconomics and local people's livelihoods. She has published over 30 scientific papers, books and book chapters.

 Her recent research projects include the use and conservation of wildlife in an Indigenous Reserve in Costa Rica, the effects of economic policies on biodiversity and local peasants´ livelihoods in the Argentine Chaco and the conservation status of white-lipped peccaries in Latin America.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair of the IUCN Peccary Specialist Group
  • Member of the EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered Species) Community: Research and conservation initiative of the Zoological Society of London
  •  Co-editor of the journal Suiform Soundings of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Focal Authority for the ICUN Red List and country coordinator of the Peccary Specialist Group of the ICUN



Current Research

  • Primary researcher: Effects of the structural adjustment policies on biodiversity and local peasants´ livelihoods in the Argentine Chaco, 2009
  • Primary researcher: Evaluation of damage to crops produced by Tayassu pecari in local communities surrounding Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica, 2009
  • Secondary researcher: Assessment of conservation status of endangered species in the Argentine Chaco for the Global Mammal Assessment, IUCN, 2008-present
  • Project coordinator. Workshops for training local governmental agents working with wildlife, forests and protected areas in Northern Argentina, 2006-present, funded by US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Co-coordinator for the project: Lowland Tapir (Tapirus terrestris) and White-Lipped Peccary (Tayassu pecari) Range-Wide Geographical Status Analysis and Conservation Priority Setting, 2005-present, funded by Moore Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society and Wildlife Trust
  • Primary researcher: Use of wildlife by indigenous people in Talamanca, Costa Rica




Ph.D., Major in Natural Resources and minor in Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona. 2004;

M.S. Wildlife Conservation and Management, National University of Costa Rica. 1997;

B.S. Biological Sciences, National University of Cordoba, Argentina.




Taber, A.  M. Altrichter, H. Beck & J. Gongora. Family Tayassuidae (Peccaries)Handbook of the Mammals of the World  Eds. Don E. WilsonRussell A. Mittermeier. Lynx Edicions. 

Di Bitetti1, M. C. De Angelo, V. Quiroga, M. Altrichter, A. Paviolo, G. Cuyckens, P.. Perovic.  Estado de conservación del jaguar en Argentina chapter in El jaguar en el Siglo XXI: La Perspectiva ContinentalEds. Medellin R. et al. In press. 

Taber, A., H. Beck, S. Gonzalez, M.  Altrichter, M. Barbanti, and R. Reyna-Hurtado. In press. Why Neotropical Forest Ungulates Matter. Chapter in Conservation Biology sourcebook for the Developing World. Eds: R. Medellin et al. Oxford University Press. In press.

Gilbert L.E. et al.  Pacific Lowland Forest. in "The Ecosystems of Costa Rica", M. Kappell & L. Diego Gomez (Eds.) Chicago Press Book. In press.

Di Bitetti et al. El yaguareté (Panthera onca) en la Argentina: situación poblacional, amenazas y acciones para su conservación. Chapter in: Manejo de Fauna en la Argentina: Acciones para la Conservación de Especies Amenazadas Daniel Ramadori y Gustavo Porini (Eds.), Dirección de Fauna de la Nación Argentina. (The jaguar in Argentina: population status, threats and conservation actions). Book edited by the Wildlife Agency of Argentina. In press.

Taber, A. Chalukian S., Altrichter M. et al. 2009. The faith of the neotropical forest architects: Evaluation of the distribution and conservation status of the white-lipped peccary and the lowland tapir. IUCN, Wildlife Trust, New York, USA.

Altrichter, M. & F. Carbonell. 2009. Uso y conservación de la fauna en La Reserva Indigena Talamanca Bribri-Cabecar y el Parque Internacional La Amistad. (Use and conservation of wildlife in the Indigenous Reserve Talamanca Bribri-Cabecar and La Amistad National Park). Technical Series, The Nature Conservancy Research Program, Costa Rica. 

Altrichter, M. & F. Carbonell. 2008. Conservation action plan for the white-lipped peccary in Talamanca, Costa Rica. The Nature Conservancy, Costa Rica.