Sandie was born on May 2nd 1975 in Quito, Ecuador. She attended to the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito, between 1997 and 1999 she developed her thesis on the ecology and conservation of the Galapagos sea lion. Since 1999 she worked as Research Associate in the Charles Darwin Foundation, in charge of marine mammals’ investigations. In these years she actively participated in several emergencies, including: the 2001 Jessica oil spill. In 2003 she won a scholarship from the OAS (Organization of American States) to continue her post degree studies in in the CICIMAR (A Research Center of National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico). Where she graduated with honors, her thesis was on “Temporal and spatial variation of the Galapagos sea lion diet”. In 2006 she returned to the CDF, where she worked until February 2008, during this time she co-directed dissertation Thesis of two local students.
Sandie has led several scientific expeditions in the islands, is in having more than 34 scientific publications, and has been participated in at least 28 national and international events and working closely with the Galapagos National Park advising on issues related to marine mammals and training Naturalist guides. Since 2009 she became a guide to play a more actively role in the conservation of the islands, both with the community and with our visitors, and to be close to one of the most beautiful places on earth.
One of her new challenge for this year, as part of the AGIPA (Association of Interpreters Guides of the Galapagos National Park) directive is to reopen the public library and develop new tools for keep the Naturalist guides up dated.
Sandie married her best friend Xavier, who is also a biologist. This couple lives in Santa Cruz island since 1997. They have two kids: Isabela and Daniel, 13 and 8 years old.