Roberto Mendez-Arreola

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Roberto Mendez-Arreola is a biologist and human ecologist and is a professor at Centro Chihuahuense de Estudios de Posgrado in Mexico. He received a grant for “Monarch Butterfly and People Co-Stories,” a research project which analyzed these co-histories by documenting the reports that amateur naturalists wrote and shared through digital platforms to professional scientists about the migratory route of the Monarch butterfly in Mexico. He writes:

The mission of this project is to focus attention on these marginalized narratives which offer rich human experiences about the encounters of people with the monarch butterfly and the nexus with no-human beings, contexts, and materialities. Recognizing these co-stories will allow us to redesign our pedagogical practices from critical approaches.

Roberto completed the paper “Textos que vuelan: producción y trayectorias de textos de reportes escritos sobre la migración de la mariposa monarca” (“Texts that Fly: Production and Text Trajectories of Written Reports on the Migration of the Monarch Butterfly”). His research paper helps reframe the way people write and document events by driving attention to two writers’ identities, contexts, and access to resources (through the topic of the monarch butterfly). Through such a dimensional approach, Roberto aims to investigate the way subjectivity affects scientific writing and research, determining a more nuanced framework for our documentation of the natural world (specifically of animals).