Isabella Cortes

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Isabella Cortes

Conservationist

Isabella is a graduate from West Virginia University who is passionate about conserving the environment while enhancing people’s well-beings and livelihoods. As a lifelong enthusiast of conservation, she has been involved with numerous community-level projects that link the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity with economic development. Isabella is an environmental professional with diverse experience, including community leadership, mobilization and organization of projects. Additionally, an endangered species of hummingbird is named after Isabella, Eriocnemis isabellae. An ambassador of the species, she promotes the conservation of the hummingbird, which is also known as the Gorgeted Puffleg or Zamarrito del Pinche. As a student, she encouraged peers to participate in outreach programs with Women for Conservation and presented different projects for women’s empowerment as a guest speaker for the International Conservation class.