Patricia Koleff is the General Director of Analysis and Priorities at the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity in Mexico (CONABIO). Her main activities are to define strategies and programs to gather, systematize and analyze biodiversity data and information for the National Biodiversity Information System, to provide access to stakeholders, decision makers and general public. She has been part of numerous international Committees, representing Mexico. One of the major tasks during the last years has been coordinating the Secretariat to develop an Ecosystem Assessment for Mexico (Natural capital of Mexico), and the National Invasive Species Program, among others. Her research interests include the study of patterns and process of species distributions from a macro ecological perspective, biodiversity information standards and management and systematic planning for conservation biology. She coordinated the national GAP analysis to identify priority conservation areas. Patricia has more than 80 publications including papers, book chapters and books. She was a professor at UNAM from 1989 to 1996 and, has been teaching a postgraduate course about Introduction to Biodiversity Informatics since 2007. She completed her Bachelor and Master Studies in Biology at UNAM and her doctoral at University of Sheffield.