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José Vargas


José “Cheo” Vargas is an independent Environmental Consultant and a Field Biologist for HJR Reefscaping. He was born and raised in the mountains of Mayagüez, on west side of Puerto Rico, among forest area and coffee and banana plantations. All the experiences acquired growing up in the forest planted in him the love for nature. After working as a technician in many research projects involving birds, he decided to study a Master Degree in Environmental Management with a specialization in Management and Conservation of Natural Resources. Since then he has worked with tarpon, more birds, coral reefs, and small keys management, among others.

Recently, working for HJR Reefscaping, he had the opportunity to work with rat population control in some keys south of Puerto Rico. José and his boss (Dr. Ruiz) started to test a new technology of traps from New Zealand for the first time in the Western Hemisphere and the Caribbean. The A24 Goodnature traps work well in remote areas and they do not use poison.

Because he likes to work in the field, he enjoys working outside the office every day. If you want to know more about him you can access link.


José Vargas will be presenting on October 25th, 2018. We will be updating our calendar with activity dates and times as we continue to coordinate our event. Stay tuned!

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