About

Since I remember, I’m thrilled about animals. All the facts about their behavior amazed me. I’m always searching for answers about the underlaying mechanisms of behavior.

Alejandro Rodrigo – PhD student and Entrepreneur.

I’m an PhD student at the Center of Behavioral Studies and Research of the University of Guadalajara (UdG). Graduated from the Masters program in Behavioral Sciences at the same institution. I have a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Sciences from the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM-Xoc). I also worked as the coordinator of the Animal Welfare department at one of the most prestigious zoological institutions in Mexico, Africam Safari.

Simultaneously, I am the Chief Operating Officer, Sales Manager and Founding Partner of the company Walden Modular Equipment (WME), a company whose objective is the development of personalized laboratory equipment used in areas related to the study of behavior.

Education & Research

Doctorate in Behavioral Sciences (Sep 2017 – Dec 2020)
I’m part of the Learning and Comparative Cognition Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Buriticá at the Center of Behavioral Studies and Research (Guadalajara, Mexico).

My leading research focuses on the spatial learning mechanisms of multiple species of vertebrates. My research aims to know how animals, including humans, compute the information of multiple landmarks in the environment to locate a goal, and what factors are involved in the selection of specific strategies

In collaboration with the Comparative Cognition Laboratory of Dr. Debbie M. Kelly at the University of Manitoba, we are exploring how pigeons (Columba livia) prioritize information in their environment, specifically comparing geometrical (angular) and featural cues.

I’m also interested in the cognitive abilities of wild Great Tailed-Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus) and their capacities to adapt to hazardous environments, such as cities.

Masters in Behavioral Science (Jan 2014 – Jul 2017)
I’m was part of the Behavioral Processes and Animal Models Laboratory under the co-supervision of Dr. Carlos Torres Ceja and Dr. Carlos Javier Flores Aguirre at the Center of Behavioral Studies and Research (Guadalajara, Mexico). During this time, my research focused on evaluating the effect of environmental enrichment in the performance of Wistar rats in multiple learning tasks, carried out in a diverse of mazes, such as the open field, the radial arm maze, and also, operant chambers.

Bachelors in Veterinary Science (May 2005 – Sep 2012)
My career during the veterinary degree put me in contact with animal science, acquiring skills about the management and care of wild animals. The project I carried out in my degree is entitled “Environmental enrichment and behavioral management program for Asian elephants (Elephas maximus)” at Africam Safari zoo”. This project was co-supervised by Dr. José Antonio Martínez García and BVSc Gerardo Martínez del Castillo.

Work Experience

Chief Operating and Commercial Officer at Walden Modular Equipment
(Sep 2018 to present)
My activities in the company include the daily management operations to maximize the company’s efficiency at the lowest cost and establish development strategies to reach new markets.

Founding Partner of Walden Modular Equipment
(Ago 2017 – Sep 2018)
In collaboration with Dr. Laurent Avila-Chauvet and the current WME team, we started the “Armando Ciencia” project. This project had the objective of building laboratory equipment for the study of behavior through modules that were easily assembled; a lego for scientists. With this idea, we won the call to enter the 6th generation of Reto Zapopan, a government agencie that encourages the creation of innovative projects. At the end of 2018, the project evolve and we founded the company Walden Modular Equipment.

Coordinator of the Animal Welfare Department at Africam Safari
(July 2011 – April 2013)
During this time, I was in charge of coordinating the animal welfare department, specifically the environmental enrichment program. More than 45 species and around 120 individuals were included in the program. One of the main objectives of the program was to promote the development of cognitive skills through tasks related to problem-solving and the increase of typical species behaviors. Another essential activity of the department was the coordination of the volunteer program, which include more than 30 undergraduate students in veterinary science, biology, and psychology.
I was also in charge of the animal ambassador program that was part of the department of education for conservation. This program included more than 18 different species.