Bárbara is a conservation biologist with a background in botany and a PhD in Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Her experience spans from academic institutions, non-government organizations to the Mexican Federal Government, where she has contributed to numerous conservation projects.
Bárbara joined TBC from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) where she led various multi-stakeholder, multi-sector international projects such as the Plants for People initiative and the Darwin Initiative funded “Safeguarding Mesoamerica crop wild relatives”, to increase the geographic and taxonomic coverage of plants on The IUCN Red List. She specialises on cacti and has been studying this group and arid regions for over 20 years.
Her passion for the conservation of these plants took Bárbara to lead the Global Cactus Assessment and Co-Chair the IUCN SSC Cactus and Succulent Plants Specialist Group. She is also a member of the IUCN SSC Plant Conservation Committee.