Gaby was born and raised in Guayaquil. Gaby first worked for a brief period in the islands on board a cruise ship as the cruise director’s assistant, but then returned to her hometown to begin her university studies in tourism management at the Espiritu Santo Technological University. Lured by the fascinating environment of Galápagos, after finishing her studies, Gaby had the opportunity to take the course to become a Galápagos naturalist guide in 1992. She has worked in the islands as a naturalist since.
Recently, Gaby has been closely involved in the organization of a two-year conservation program, with international teams of volunteers coming to eradicate aggressive introduced plants in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, as well as monitoring the status of the area. This program was coordinated with the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galápagos National Park. Gaby combines her work as a naturalist with motherhood. She, her husband Paul (also a naturalist) and their children Emily and Danny have lived in Guayaquil since 2007.
Gaby is a certified diver, and her hobbies include painting watercolors and crafts. Gaby loves languages and is fluent in English, Spanish, German and French.