Who We Are


Leonel López Toledo is a biologist with a PhD in plant ecology. He has a Master of Science degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. He is currently a professor and researcher at the Institute for Research of Natural Resources at the University of Michoacan San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Morelia, Michoacan. Leonel is interested in basic and applied research focused on the conservation and uses of forest resources. While doing post-doctoral research at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Leonel began doing field studies of native palm species on Reserva Monte Mojino and adjacent lands in the federal reserve, a long-term investigation he continues to pursue. For more information about his research, see:Ecologia vegetal
Heriberto Urías is a lawyer in Culiacan, Sinaloa. In addition to his work in the private sector, he supports a number of non-profit conservation groups, providing legal advice on issues related to establishing their organizations and acquiring properties for conservation. In addition to his involvement with Reserva Monte Mojino, he is also an associate and founder of the non-profit CISA, Tierras para la Conservación, A.C.
David MacKay is co-owner of Solipaso, along with Jennifer MacKay, and leads birding and natural history trips throughout Mexico. When in Alamos, he tends to his organic garden at El Pedregal and spends time birding and botanizing in the area. David attended Prescott College in Arizona where he studied Environmental Education. His love of the outdoors led him to lead trips for Backroads. Since moving to Mexico, He has spent the last 20 years exploring the whole country and the mountains and habitats around Alamos. David has a deep knowledge of the tropical deciduous forest and the people who inhabit it.
Suzanne Winckler is not on the board but serves with great pleasure as president of Amigos de Monte Mojino. As a journalist, she writes about conservation, natural history, and health care. She has worked in development, helping to raise funds for the Nature Conservancy and the Mayo Clinic. After a birding and botanizing trip to Alamos in 2000, she and her husband, David Smith, recognized the endless possibilities to explore the tropical deciduous forests surrounding the city. Suzanne and David now spend several months of the year in Alamos (and hiking out in the TDF) and the rest of the time they are on a small farm in northern Minnesota.