University of Calgary

Danilo Borja

  • Doctoral Student

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Danilo completed a B.Sc in Geographical and Environmental Engineering at the Armed Forces University ESPE, Ecuador, and a M.Eng in Mineral Resources and Energy Engineering at Chonbuk National University (CBNU), South Korea. During his Master´s, Danilo was a member of the COLINS laboratory at CBNU and a visiting student at CeBER and Hydrometallurgy research groups at the University of Capetown. During that time, he participated in various research projects related to bioremediation. He also has experience working with local communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon as a volunteer and as a professional geographer. 

Research interests

My current research focuses on understanding changes in conservation and resource extraction policies in Ecuador's Amazon.  For my Ph.D. project, I apply interdisciplinary approaches that combine political ecology and geospatial methods.

Research group

Environmental Governance Research Group led by Dr. Conny Davidsen


Borja, D., Bay, J., Davidsen, C. (2021). ‘Like losing half the territory.’ Waorani struggle with loss of elder, and of land to oil (commentary). Mongabay 23 March 2021.

Borja, D., Bay, J., Davidsen, C. (2021). Ancianos amazónicos en la frontera petrolera: La vida y muerte de Nenkihui Bay, líder tradicional Waorani. Journal of Latin American Geography. 

Borja, D., & Buitron Cañadas, V. (2020). Sí, la Normalidad es el Problema: Inequidad, Exclusión y Fuerza Estatal en la Crisis del COVID-19 en Guayaquil. Journal of Latin American Geography.

 Silva, R. A., Park, J., Ilyas, S., Borja, D., Zhao, H., Urík, M., Rastegar, S. O., & Kim, H. (2020). Biodegradation mechanism of arsenopyrite mine tailing with Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans and influence of ferric supplements. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 153, 105042.

Siqueira-Gay, J., Yanai, A. M., Lessmann, J., Pessôa, A. C. M., Borja, D., Canova, M., & Borges, R. C. (2020). Pathways to positive scenarios for the Amazon forest in Pará state, Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 20(suppl 1). 

Borja. B, Nguyen K.A., Silva R. A., Ngoma E., Petersen J., Harrison S., Park J.K, Kim HJ. 2019. Continuous bioleaching of arsenopyrite from mine tailings using an adapted mesophilic microbial culture. Hydrometallurgy.6(4), 187-194.

Borja D., Davidsen C. New Talk about Yasuní: Public Consultation and Prospects. Latin American Research Centre, University of Calgary. (2018). 

 Nguyen, K A., Borja, D., You, J., Hong, G., Jung , H., Kim, H. Hyunjung Kim. 2018. Chalcopyrite Bioleaching Using Adapted Mesophilic Microorganisms: Effects of temperature, pulp density, and initial ferrous concentrations. Materials Transactions. 59 (11); 1860-1866. 

 Ngoma, E., Borja, D., Smart, M., Shaik, K., Kim, H., Petersen, J., & Harrison, S. T. L. (2018). Bioleaching of arsenopyrite from Janggun mine tailings (South Korea) using an adapted mixed mesophilic culture. Hydrometallurgy, 181, 21-28. 

Silva, R. A., Borja, D., Hwang, G., Hong, G., Gupta, V., Yahui, Z., & Kim, H. 2017. Analysis of the Effects of Natural Organic Matter in Zinc Beneficiation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 168, 814-822. 

 Ngoma, E., Shaik, K., Borja, D., Smart, M., Park, J. H., Kim, H., Petersen, J. Harrison, S. T. L. 2017. Investigating the Bioleaching of an Arsenic Mine Tailing Using a Mixed Mesophilic Culture. Solid State Phenomena, 262, 668–672.

 Borja, D., Nguyen, K A., Silva, R. A., Park, J. H., Gupta, V., & Kim, H. 2016. Experiences and future challenges of Bioleaching Research in South Korea. Minerals. 6(4), 1-28.

 Borja, D., Lee, E., Silva, R. A., Kim, H., Park, J. H., & Kim, H. 2015. Column Bioleaching of Arsenic from Mine Tailings Using a Mixed Acidophilic Culture: A Technical Feasibility Assessment. Journal of the Korean Institute of Resources Recycling, 24(6), 69-77.

Awards and honors

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2020-2022

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, 2020-2022

University of Calgary Silver Anniversary Graduate Fellowship Scholarship, 2019-2021

Nathoo Family Graduate Scholarship, 2019-2020

Canadian Federation of University Women/Calgary Graduate Scholarship, 2018-2019

Eyes High International Doctoral Scholarship, 2018-2019

Brain Korea 21 Plus Scholarship, 2016-2017

Chonbuk National University Scholarship, 2015-2017

Editorial Activities

Núcleo de Estudos, Pesquisas e Projetos de Reforma Agrária (NERA), Brazil- Scientific board member (2019-Present)

Revista de Ciencias de Seguridad y Defensa, Ecuador - Editorial board member (2018-present) 


Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
    Supervisor: Conny Davidsen
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