Miss Maria Peña Chocarro

Maria Pena Chocarro
  • Research Assistant
  • Life Sciences department
  • Plants Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Qualifications

  • BSc Biology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. 1990.
  • MSc Modern Botanical Methods. Aberdeen University (1995).

Professional Roles

Employment history

Life Sciences department, Plants Division, The Natural History Museum. Research assistant (1996-present).

Oct 2009 - present
Flora Mesoamericana. Taxonomic treatments of different families of flowering plants.

2006-2009
Coordinator of the Darwin Initiative project “Herramientas y Entrenamiento para la Conservación y Monitoreo de Helechos de El salvador”. Main responsabilities: plant collection, training courses for local people, production of a field guide.  

2003 - 2006
Coordinator for the Darwin Initiative Project “Information Incentives for the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) Implementation in Paraguay and Argentina”
Responsabilities included organizing and carrying out fieldwork surveys, plant collection, training courses and production of field guides. Natural History Museum (UK).

1999-2003
Coordinator of the project: Trees of the Maya Word. Main responsabilities: organizing field work in México, Guatemala and Belize, organizing the production of a CD and a field guide.

1996-1999
Project: Estudio de la Biodiversidad Bioláogica de la Reserva Natural del Bosque Mbaracayú”, canindeyú, Paraguay. Main duties: database all the botanical specimens held in BM, collecting, production of checklist and filed guides.

Publications

  • Peña-Chocarro, M. Espada-Mateos, C, Vera, M., Céspedes, G & Knapp, S. 2010. Updated checklist of vascular plants of the Mbaracayú Forest Nature Reserve (Reserva Natural del Bosque Mbaracayú), Paraguay. Phytotaxa (in press).
  • Monterrosa Salomón, J. A., Peña-Chocarro, M., Knapp, S. & Escobar Lechuga, R.  2009. Guía de Identificación de Helechos de El Salvador. Jardín Botánico La Laguna & The natural History Museum. San Salvador, El Salvador. 558pp.
  • Peña-Chocarro, M., J. De Egea, M. Vera, H. Maturo & S. Knapp. 2006. Guía de árboles y arbustos del Chaco húmedo (eds. J. De Egea y M. Peña-Chocarro). The Natural History Museum, Guyra Paraguay, Fundación Moisés Bertoni y Fundación Hábitat y Desarrollo. Asunción, Paraguay. 291 pp.
  • Brokaw, N., Bonilla, N., Knapp, S., MacVean, A.L., Ortíz, J.J., Peña-Chocarro, M., Pöll, E. & Tun. J. 2006. Trees of the Maya World.
  • Marín, G., Jiménez, B., Peña-Chocarro, M., & Knapp, S. 2000. Plantas medicinales de la comunidad indígena Ava Katueté, Tekoha Ka’aguy Ryapu. Asunción, Paraguay. 73pp.
  • Peña-Chocarro, M., Jiménez, B., Marín, G. & Knapp. 1999. Checklist of the Pteridophytes of the Mbaracayú Forest Reserve, Paraguay. Fern Gaz. 15(7): 221-259.
  • Peña-Chocarro, M., Marín, G., Jiménez, B., & Knapp. 1999. Helechos de Mbaracayú. The Natural History Museum, London. 142pp.
  • Marín, G., Jiménez, B., Peña-Chocarro, M., & Knapp. 1998. Plantas comunes de Mbaracayú. The Natural History Museum, London. 172pp.