New Planet Drum Ecuador Projects Manager

After more than 12 years of working as the Projects Manager for Planet Drum Foundation’s ecological projects in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador, I am moving on to a new phase of my life. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Planet Drum during all of these years and it has been an incredible experience, but it’s time for me to find something new. I especially would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers with whom I had the opportunity to work and share a home during my tenure. The project has been successful because of all of your hard work. Thanks for all of the great memories!

Clay and Kat at the Greenhouse

I am happy to announce that the Planet Drum Ecuador project will continue its Dry Tropical Forest revegetation and bioregional education initiatives under the direction of a new Projects
Manager, Kat Castillo. Kat has an academic background in environmental sustainability/ecology and evolutionary biology and she is passionate about sustainable solutions for water management in drought stricken areas. She first came to Ecuador over a year ago to research the impact of reforestation on seasonal and groundwater resources in the Cordillera del Bálsamo biological corridor of the Dry Tropical Forest ecosystem (near Bahía de Caráquez). It was during this time that she fell in love with Ecuador, while sleeping amongst the trees and listening to the sounds of monkeys and ocelots. Her goal is to continue these research efforts while managing the Planet Drum Ecuador projects and she is honored to have the opportunity to study and experience the unique forest ecosystem of this region.

—Clay Plager-Unger

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