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Mike Liles
Mike Liles

Mike is the Founder and Scientific Director of the ProCosta Association. He has over 15 years of experience working with local communities in Central America to promote biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. Mike has a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and currently serves as Regional Vice-President (Eastern Pacific) of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group.

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The Eastern Pacific Leatherback Turtle Conservation Network started in 2012 when over thirty researchers, NGOs, and regional experts came together to develop an action plan to stabilize and restore the leatherback turtle population in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.