About me

Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera, Ph.D.

I was born and raised in the San Juan metro area, Puerto Rico. I work at the Smithsonian Institution, as an Informatics Program Office in the Digitization Program Office.


  • 2015. Doctor of Philosophy – Quantitative Ecology. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University. West Lafayette, Indiana.
  • 2006. Master of Science – Tropical Ecology. Department of Biology. University of Puerto Rico. Río Piedras Campus. Puerto Rico.
  • 1998. Bachelor of Science – Biology. Department of Biology and Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. University of Puerto Rico. Río Piedras Campus. Puerto Rico.

My professional interests include:

  • Ecological Informatics
  • Biodiversity databases
  • Web-based ecological applications
  • Soundscape ecology
  • Bioacoustics
  • Anuran biology and ecology
  • Communities and populations
  • University-level education in the STEM fields
  • Public understanding of science

This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of my employer.



Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar profile

You can follow me on Twitter (in Spanish and English) or visit my personal blog (in Spanish). You can find my public code repos at Github.

Contact Information


Website: CoquiPR.com

Skype: ljvillanueva

Google Talk: ljvillanueva@coquipr.com