DR. JUAN A. RIVERO

Curriculum Vitae

July 2000

 

 

DIRECTION

 

Department of Biology

University of Puerto Rico

Mayagüez Campus 00681-9012

Phone:  (787) 832-4040, Ext. 3833

Fax:  (787) 265-3837

E-mail address:  J_Rivero@rumac.uprm.edu

 

EDUCATION

 

1953- Ph.D.  Harvard University.

1951- M.S.   Harvard University.

1945- B.S.    Agr. University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.

 

LANGUAGES

 

            Spanish, English, reading knowledge of French and Portuguese

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

1976- 1977       Consultant, Puerto Rico University

Consultants Corportation, Project Consultants & Developers in Science &          Technology, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

1966-1968             Visiting scientist, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas.  Research

on the origin, evolution and ecology of the Andean fauna.

1966-1968            Research Associate, Harvard University.  Research on the origin, evolution and

ecology of the Andean fauna.

1962-1966              Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.

Direct faculty of about 200 professors and a two million dollars budget. 

1959-1960              Director, Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. 

Direct and supervise the academic and research activities of about 39

professors.

1958-present     Professor of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Campus. 

1954-1963              Founder and director, Zoological Garden.

Founder and director, Institute of Marine Biology.

Supervise the research and educational activities of six scientists.  Preparation of grant requests for the Institute.

1954-1958              Associate Professor, Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Campus.

1943-1954              Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Campus.

1947-1953              Instructor, Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.

1946                            Assistant Plant Physiologist, Institute of Tropical Agriculture.  Assist physiologist J. van Overkeek in his research endeavors.

 

COURSES TAUGHT:

 

Animal Behavior, Evolution, Herpetology, Graduate Seminar, Biology of Sex.

 

OTHER ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

 

v     1970              Guggenheim Fellow

v     1962              National Academy of Sciences grant to participate in the Vema

Oceanographic Expedition to the Pacific.  About 30 research expeditions to Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, Santo Domingo.

v     Listed in the following bibliographical works:

World’s Who’s Who in Science

Who’s Who in America

American Men of Science

Personalities-Caribbean

Dictionary of Latin American & Caribbean Biographies

Distinguished Educators of America

International Scholars Directory

Personalities of the South

Notable Americans of 1976-77

Men of Achievement

v     Founder and past president of the Association of Island Marine Laboratories.

v     Member of evaluating teams, Middle State Association of Colleges and Universities.

v     Member Examining Committee, College Entrance Examination Board.

v     Consulting Committee on Exam Evaluation, College Entrance Examination Board.

v     Has discovered and named over 100 species of amphibians and reptiles.  On the other hand his name has been honored by other scientist by giving his name to a number of species:  Geomelania riveroi Clench, Hemitrochus riveroi Tuner (molluscs), Glomiredismus riveroi Chamberlin (miriapod), Ballophilus riveroi Chamberling (miriapod), Phostherapis riveroi Donoso Barros (frog), Atractus riveroi Roze (snake), Hyla riveroi Cochran and Going (frog), Processa riveroi Manning & Chace (crustacean), Leptodactylus riveroi Heyer (frog), Manshalkla riveroi Ramos (membracid homopferan).

v     Television Program, Ciencia al día, for 14 years, Department of Instruction’s TV Network.

v     Participant, International Symposium Medio Ambiente Páramo (one of only two Americans represented) held in Mérida,Venezuela, November 12, 1978.

v     Selected by Venezuelan Government (Territorio Amazonas) to write essay on Los Anfibios del Territorio Amazonas, exhibited November-December 1978 at Museo de Ciencias Naturales, Museo de Bellas Artes, Cinemateca Nacional & Colegio de Ingenieros, Caracas.

v     Awarded first prize by Instituto de Literatura Puertorriqueña for book Los Anfibios y Reptiles de Puerto Rico, December 13, 1979.

v     Conferred the Lección Magistral (academic honor conferred by the University of Puerto Rico to its professors)  by unanimous vote of Academic Senate.  Not accepted on the grounds that his wife occupied a high administrative position and it was not considered proper (1980).

v     Considered for membership of the Educational Committee of the Union International Pour la Conservation de la Nature et Ses Ressources (Switzerland).  Not accepted on the grounds that other arrangements for the year (1980) had already required his prolongued absence from classes.

v     Appointed consultant to the American Association for the Advance of Science on the AAAS Visiting Science Consulting Program for Minority Institutions (1981).

v     Conferenciante Distinguido, VIII Congreso Latinoamericano de Zoología, Mérida, Venezuela, octubre 1980.

v     Charla, IX Congreso Latinoamericano de Zoología, Arequipa, Perú, octubre 1984.

v     Conferenciante Invitado:  Simposio Nacional de Biología, Arequipa, Perú  mayo 1986.

v     Tema libre (Microscopía Electrónica de los cojines de tres Eleutherodactylus puertorriqueños).  X Congreso Latinoamericano de Zoología, Valparaíso, octubre 1986.

v     Investigador Distinguido, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Mayagüez, enero 1985.

v     Premio de Ciencias, Revista Al Margen, 1985.

v     Profesor Distinguido, Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1987 (highest academic honor conferred by University of Puerto Rico to its professors).

v     President and Founder, Sociedad Zoológica de Puerto Rico.

v     Científico Distinguido XIV Congreso Investigación Científica, febrero 1980.

v     Presidente Honorario II Congreso Latinoamericano Herpetología, Mérida, Venezuela, octubre 1991.

v     Puerto Rico Zoological Garden given the name of Juan A. Rivero.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

v     About 150 to 200 articles in papers and magazines.

 

BOOKS

 

v     Salientia of Venezuela

v     Principios de Evolución Orgánica

v     Biología del Sexo

v     Los machos, Las Hembras y Los Intersexos

v     Anfibios y Reptiles de Puerto Rico

v     Anfibios y Reptiles de Nuestro Folklore

v     Los Coquíes de Puerto Rico

v     El Coquí Dorado de Puerto Rico y otras Ranas de Hábitos Reproductivos Peculiares

v     Los Helechos Cuernos de Alce o Platicerios

v     Expedición de la Universidad de Puerto Rico a las Selvas del Alto Orinoco, 1950

v     El Dolor de la Espalda Baja, 2000

 

ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE

 

            Course in Biomedical Telemetry.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

 

v     Academia de Artes y Ciencias de Puerto Rico

v     Herpetologists League (Fellow)

v     American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists

v     Society for the Study of Amphisbians and Reptiles

v     Society of Systematic Zoology

v     Society for the Study of Evolution

v     Ohio Herpetological Society

v     American Academy of Arts and Sciences

v     Miembro correspondiente Sociedad Venezolana de Ciencias Naturales La Salle de Caracas

v     Miermbro correspondiente Sociedad Venezolana de Ciencias Naturales