List of the National Focal Points
Ernesto J. González Rivas
Ernesto González was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on December 7th, 1961. Biologist, graduated in the Central University of Venezuela, with title of Doctor in Sciences, Ecology (aquatic ecology), also in the Central University of Venezuela. He is Full Professor in the Institute of Experimental Biology – Central University of Venezuela (IBE-UCV), where he works as researcher since 1993. His fields of research are: 1) Reservoir limnology, 2) plankton interactions, and 3) eutrophication of water bodies. He directed and/or participated in 8 research projects concerning with the physical, chemical and biological characterization of Venezuelan water bodies. He directed 17 undergraduate theses in Biology and 2 Ph.D. theses in Ecology, and participated in 2 international training courses in Aquatic Ecology. He published 1 book about "Field Work in Aquatic Environments" for Basic Education", edited by CENAMEC in 1995, 31 papers in specialized scientific journals, 16 Technical Reports, and 1 article in Internet, and participated in 51 national and in 30 international Congresses and Meetings. Now, he is participating in a project of "Building Capacities in the Management of Lakes and Reservoirs in Central America". He received the prizes "Waraira-Repano Order" by merits in the Environmental Conservation, José María Vargas Order, Third and Second Classes, "Enrique Montbrún" of Academic Trajectory, Program of Promotion of Researcher (PPI), and Program of Stimulus to the Innovation and Research (PEII). González is member many scientific and professional societies, and acted as referee in 14 national and international scientific journals.
In the present, is the Director of the Institute of Experimental Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Central University of Venezuela (2011-2014), where he also is the Head of the Laboratory of Limnology. He was Head of the Department of Ecology, School of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Central University of Venezuela (2006-2008). From 2006, is the National Focal Point of Venezuela in the Water Program of the Inter American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS).