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Liza fell in love with nature as a child growing up on the Ecuadorian coast. Her passion for storytelling manifested at the age of seven, when she began filming her friends as they recreated stories from her parents' library.

 

Liza later combined her audiovisual passion with her love for nature by majoring in Environmental Communication and Digital Animation. She began making documentary films, animations, and photographs aimed at inspiring communities to care for their natural habitats and cultures. Her background as a photographer in Ecuador's main theatres, along with Fundación Teatro Nacional Sucre, marked the way she approaches stories from an artistic angle. Liza evolved from the theatre's backstage to document the work conservationists, scientists, educators, naturalists, and citizen scientists do behind the scenes of nature conservation and sustainable development in local communities. She had the opportunity to join a scientific sailing expedition documenting and studying cetaceans throughout the Central Pacific, the Galápagos Marine Reserve and mainland Ecuador's Marine Reserves.

 

She is now a professional conservationist and artist dedicated to inspiring and educating in small communities around Ecuador using creative audiovisual communications for environmental education and conservation.

 

While working with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Park, Liza contributed to a short film promoting greater international protection for the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark. She also documented several seasons of the Mangrove Finch Project. She travelled onboard the Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic Endeavour II to retrieve the rarest and most threatened Darwin's finches eggs for hatching and hand rearing at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Galápagos. Working with Conservation International Ecuador, Liza created short films documenting the first major remote coastal cleanup of the Galápagos Marine Reserve, also the collaboration between fisherman and the Ecuadorian Government towards protecting mangroves in mainland Ecuador's coastal areas.

 

Today, Liza hopes to transmit her experience and love for her country to visitors from around the globe working as a Video Chronicler for Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic, hoping to inspire appreciation and support for wildlife and habitat conservation in Ecuador and all other magical places on Earth.

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ECOADOR International Environmental Film Festival 2020

Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana at Quito - Ecuador

"Yubarta: Cetus". 2018.

Cetacea Ecuador Project by Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

ECOADOR International Environmental Film Festival 2019

Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana at Quito - Ecuador

"Con las Raíces en el Manglar". 2018.

Conservation International Ecuador.

FICAMAZONIA - International Environmental Film Festival 2019

Colombia

"Con las Raíces en el Manglar". 2018.

Conservation International Ecuador.

ECUADOR CINE AVENTURA 2014

Quito - Ecuador

"Sail the Whale". 2018.

Cetacea Ecuador Project by Universidad San Francisco de Quito.

PIXEL FIXER 2012

Centro Cultural Itchimbía at Quito - Ecuador

"Suerte". Photography Series about Fox Killings in the Highlands. 2012.

Publications

National Geographic 2017

Changing Perception About Sharks by Charles Darwin Foundation

National Geographic 2017

Marine Sanctuary Declaration by Charles Darwin Foundation

National Geographic 2015

Mangrove Finch Project by Charles Darwin Foundation

"Hope for the Mangrove Finch Project"- Hand Rearing Picture for Blogs

Annual Reports 2015 - 2016

Charles Darwin Foundation

Book 2014

125 Years of Teatro Nacional Sucre Foundation

National Magazine 2010 - 2014

Teatro Nacional Sucre Foundation 

El Comercio (Ecuadorian Newspaper)

Training

Video Chronicle Training 

Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic

National Geographic Sciencetelling Bootcamp 2017

Video, Photo, Writing, Social Media, Public Speaking

Charles Darwin Research Station

Photography Workshop 2016

Charles Darwin Research Station

Oceanography and Galápagos Ecology Courses 2014

Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Galápagos Science Center

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