Networking with Planet Healers all over the world we are facilitating conversations between the people doing good work and yourself. Our aim is to generate funding for further projects, heal more of the planet and using a bottom up approach heal communities as well.
Restoration Ecologist M.Sc.
Paul Morris, an expert in the fields of ecology, botany, ecosystem restoration and gardening with native plants, is an engaging speaker who has presented at a wide variety of venues, including the Royal Botanical Gardens, Society for Ecological Restoration and the Natural Habitat Conference. With over 25 years experience, his depth of knowledge of native plants is inspiring and practical. Paul spent time with his father and grandfather landscape painting in his youth, these times fostered a passion for the outdoors and natural history. Later he completed his undergraduate degree at Waterloo University in biology and then went on to complete his Masters at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. His extensive experience in restoration ecology and conservation biology makes him a leader in the design and planting of restoration areas. He restored his 95-acre farm and completed numerous projects across Ontario, including Eco-parks, wastewater and stormwater ponds, and naturalization for private homeowners.
In Canada, he was a Project Manager for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority restoring meadow ecosystems in a 200ha hydro corridor within the city of Toronto.
In the Yucatan Mexico, he has spent 5 years restoring a 100-acre biological reserve back to a tropical dry forest.
Sophia Ortiz graduated in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Veracruz, Mexico. From an early age, she lived in a rural village surrounded by mountains in one of the areas of greatest species diversity, cloud forest. Her family owned a farm, which allowed extensive interaction and knowledge of various farm animals as well as crops and medicinal plants. Her high sensitivity in the arts, found an inexhaustible source of inspiration in nature. Upon completion of his studies in agronomy, specializing in ornamental horticulture, she spent time in nature looking at alternatives to the growing demand in floriculture and her interest in research allowed her to specialize in the field of biotechnology and plant micropropagation. After graduating, she was hired by a company that exported ornamentals, which developed her skills to supervise, direct, and coordinate greenhouses, field areas and personnel. Following this, she created the concept of Green Point Applied Plant Biotechnology, a company dedicated to the development of technologies for micropropagation systems. At that time, she collaborated to direct the tissue culture lab and the area of ecology for one company over 10 years. She developed all the research and protocols for rescue, propagation and management of the wild species found. After that she decided to integrate Green Point area landscaping, vertical ecosystems and environmental technologies. This allowed her to simultaneously develop consultation and training in the biotechnology area and create artwork with vertical ecosystems.
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