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Manuel Merchán has worked for more than ten years in animal behaviour and wildlife conservation, mainly in tropical herpetology in Central and South America. He has published four books and more than fifty articles and national and international congresses presentations. From 1999 to 2006 he was responsible for developing conservation projects in Latin America, working together with institutions such as the Man and Biosphere Committee (MaB-UNESCO), the Spanish International Agency for Cooperation and Development (AECID) and the University of Costa Rica. Since 2008, Manuel Merchán has combined teaching at the School of Biology (I.E. University) with his work as an external advisor for the Autonomous Government of Castilla La Mancha's international cooperation programs. He is also presently the Executive Director of the Chelonia Association, with current projects in Spain, France and Latin America.