Pedro earned his B.A. in Biology from Pomona College in 1999, where he assisted with ecological research on the impact of fire on the threatened California Gnatcatcher and other terrestrial vertebrates in coastal sage scrub communities. Afterwards he pursued a career with the National Park Service (NPS) as a wildlife biologist from 2000-2006. He has worked at Joshua Tree National Park where he assisted with threatened desert tortoise research and conservation, Channel Islands National Park where he assisted with endangered Island Fox captive breeding, and Big Thicket National Preserve where he conducted his Master’s research on the impact of feral hog on vegetative communities. Pedro attended Texas A&M University where he earned his M.S. in Wildlife in Fisheries Sciences in 2006 and his PhD in the same discipline in 2013. His dissertation focused on the life history and conservation ecology of Montezuma quail in southeast Arizona.
Throughout his career with the NPS, Pedro has dedicated himself to science education and outreach towards minority and underrepresented groups. Since 2005 he has served as an educator and role model for the National Hispanic Environmental Council’s Minority Youth Environmental Training Institutes—a program designed to encourage careers in the environmental fields, especially within federal agencies, and to provide a rigorous, undergraduate-level science based curriculum for students of ages 16-19 years old. Pedro joined Heritage University as the McNair Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Environmental Science in Spring 2018.