He developed the Management Plan of the site and he is the one in charge of the Rural Custodian, Petrified Forest Florentino Ameghino. In addition, he is a local guide and always participates in the research activities carried out in the area.
He is a professor specializing in ecotourism and rural tourism and he is currently working for “Bensimon Law Firm” providing advice and implementation of tourism development projects in different areas. Furthermore, Jorge teaches Geography at the National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco (Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco) and he also delivers lectures and seminars on tourism.
Besides, he participated in the Management Plan and in many other programs for the Península Valdés, UNESCO World Heritage Site & Biosphere Reserve. As a tourist guide, he leads the tourist groups, who are under the responsibility of “360° Responsible Tourism”, during the tour through Patagonia which includes the provinces of Santa Cruz and Chubut.
Jorge has worked as a Professional Tourist Guide for the past 24 years, especially in the Natural Protected Area Península Valdés, World Heritage Site, and in the Natural Protected Area Punta Tombo, among other important places of tourist interest in Patagonia.
In addition to his professionalism, his genuine enthusiasm for travelling and sharing experiences with others makes him an ideal travelling companion on long journeys throughout the vastness of Patagonia.
He began working for the Petrified Forest Florentino Ameghino in March 2010 as a trainee/volunteer and collaborating with the scientific surveys of the site, in the preparation and conservation of fossil pieces and the tourist trail. Nowadays, after several training courses in areas such as first aid and evacuation, rural tourism, paleontology, geology, geomorphology and geological heritage, Kevin Jacobi is a guide of the Natural Protected Area.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco (Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco) in Trelew. His enthusiasm and passion about Biology, Paleobiology, Geology and Paleontology are very evident, thus, he is an ideal companion for visitors along the trail since he offers a very interesting scientific point of view.
Roberto Ricardo Lech
Person in charge of the Research and Development Department of the Petrified Forest Florentino Ameghino and the one responsible for teaching the specialization courses to Tourist Guides. He holds the degree in Geology and is a Doctor of Geology – National University of Tucumán, Argentina (Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, UNT). Member of the Scientific Research Degree of the CONICET-Cenpat* and he specialized in neo-Paleozoic invertebrate paleontology in Argentina. He has 22-year experience in teaching Historical Geology and Paleontology in universities and he received several, national and international, research and specialization scholarships. He made 26 extra-curricular training courses in geology, biology, environment, safety, languages, cultural policies, collection conservation and pedagogy.
Lech provides professional advice in the design, management and construction of the science exhibitions at the National University of Tucumán, the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio, the CONICET-Cenpat* and at the Visitor Information Centre in Península Valdés. He taught post-graduate courses and specializations in universities and he also taught training courses for teachers and tourist guides. He published 42 scientific papers and 34 abstracts on geology, paleontology and tourism development; in addition, he was member of the jury or co-direction of the doctoral and bachelor’s theses and of the competitive examinations for university professors.
* Spanish acronyms for Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas and Centro Nacional Patagónico, respectively, from Argentina. The English equivalent is ‘National Scientific and Technical Research Council’ and ‘National Patagonian Centre’, respectively.
Mirta E. Flores as a representative of the Fundación Onda Verde (Onda Verde Foundation)
Mirta is the vice-president of the Fundación Onda Verde, a foundation dedicated to create environmental awareness in children and youth from a community perspective through concrete proposals encouraging group research.
Having a degree in Geography and graduated from the National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco (Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco), she is part of the group of professionals working in the Technical Area at the Secretariat of Production & Tourism of the Trelew City Hall. Thus, she participates in the assessment, planning and technical assistance for tourism development projects.
She was in charge of the Tourist Information Centres for years. Nowadays, she conducts training activities and develops tourism awareness programmes. In addition, she coordinates the Provincial Work Grant Programme and the corresponding senior tourism students included in that programme. Using social media and new technologies and together with the trainees, Mirta disseminates news and information about tourism.
Besides, she was part of the Strategic Planning team created for the development of the management plans of the Península Valdés and the Natural Protected Area Punta Tombo. She is a member of the Municipal Natural & Cultural Heritage Rescue Committee.
Mirta established the Environmental Charter and its dynamics-Sector I of Trelew, thereby creating a starting point for management considerations of the Natural Area Laguna Cacique Chiquichano and for community and environmental education projects carried out by the Fundación Onda Verde.
Mirta also developed educational activities in the Technical Degree in Tourism at the Institute of Higher Education (Instituto de Estudios Superiores) in Trelew.
Claudia Ayelén Fernandez
Ayelén, member of the Petrified Forest Florentino Ameghino staff, is the responsible for writing the texts in English or the English translations of the website, such as scientific papers, conference publications, brochures and all the material needed in that language. Since 2013, she has been working as a volunteer translator for the Asociación Ambiente Sur in the Macá Tobiano Project.
She works as a freelance translator for private clients and as a translator for the Secretariat of Production & Tourism of the Trelew City Hall.
Technical-Scientific English Translator, specialized in Scientific English. Member of the Argentine Association of Translators & Interpreters (Asociación Argentina de Traductores e Intérpretes) and of the Argentine Association of Technical-Scientific Translators (Asociación Argentina de Traductores Técnico-Científicos).
Ayelén specializes in translations on history, geography, tourism, engineering, marketing, law, economics, chemistry, physics, genetics, medicine, and biology. She made numerous translations related to the scientific field, such as papers, texts used in museums, scientific books and tourist texts, i.e., English translations of web pages and recording of English tourist texts used for audio-visual presentations.
She is a responsible and qualified professional who has an excellent command of terminology and computer resources. According to her dedication and professional training, her translations guarantee excellent quality of translation and writing, both in English and in Spanish.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Tourism Management. Since 2013, she has been collaborating in the promotion strategies of the Petrified Forest working as a social media manager, in charge of the blog page and other social networks.
She has been involved in tourism since 2003 working and being trained in the town Florentino Ameghino in the province of Chubut.
Nowadays, Alejandra is a trainee under the Provincial Work Grant Programme working in the technical area of the Secretariat of Production & Tourism in Trelew. Her main activity is the management of social networking websites and the Trelew Tourism blog page. In addition, she takes part in several workshops and training courses that are held through the year.
Since 2012, Natalia has participated as a volunteer in the activities carried in the activities of the Petrified Forest Florentino Ameghino, whether working with the maintenance of the site or participating in other activities. Besides, she participates in the updating of the blog page and social media networks.
Natalia is a Provincial Tourist Guide since 2011 and works mainly in the Natural Protected Area Península Valdés, World Heritage Site, in the Natural Protected Area Punta Tombo, among other important places of tourist interest within the province of Chubut.
In turn, she is a trainee in the Secretariat of Production & Tourism in Trelew, position which allow her to participate in training courses and workshops, as it was the first one named Regional Participatory Workshop carried out to develop the Tourism & Recreation Development Plan for the Lower Valley of the Chubut River and Península Valdés Region (known in Spanish as Comarca VIRCH-Valdés).
Moreover, Natalia conducts guided city tours, proposed by the Secretaria, during holidays and long weekends.