Biodiversity Information Science and Standards : Conference Abstract
Conference Abstract
The Path from Policies to Theory: A story from the Mexican biodiversity agency
expand article info Jorge L Soberon
‡ University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States of America
Open Access


Researchers often assume that the results of their work, after suitable publication, will find their way to influence policy. The Mexican biodiversity agency (CONABIO) is an example of the opposite process. Policy-makers in Mexico asked questions and demanded solutions to problems that were academically incipient or not even stated. These demands from actual users lead to the development of informatics tools, software, and eventually, theoretical developments. I will be describing a few instances of how this happened at CONABIO. The stories exemplify how questions of policy, databases, software, and theoretical developments were interlinked in the work of a government agency in a developing country.


biodiversity, policy, CONABIO, developing country, biodiversity informatics

Presenting author

Jorge Soberon is a distinguished professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of the University of Kansas. He was a former Executive Secretary of the Mexican national agency for biodiversity (CONABIO). He has published more than 150 scientific papers, books and chapters, and twice has been identified among the 1% most cited authors in ecology in the world.

Presented at

Biodiversity_Next 2019