DK (Daniela) Cajiao Vargas

DK (Daniela) Cajiao Vargas


Daniela Cajiao, Ecuadorian, is an ENP post-doctoral researcher. Her doctoral research focused on Antarctic tourism, analyzing the environmental and management implications of this activity. Until January 2023, she was a post-doctoral researcher at North Carolina State University in the USA, where she expanded her investigation regarding the social dimensions of Antarctic tourism. At WUR she will continue expanding her research on Antarctic tourism including elements of policy, governance, and decision-making within the Antarctic Treaty System.


Nielsen, H., Cajiao, D., Roldan, G., Benayas, J., Herbert, A., Leung, Y.-F., Tejedo, P., Dinica, V., & Portella Sampaio, D. (2022). Is COVID-19 helping, or hindering, the effective management of Antarctic Tourism? Wilson Center Report, 10 (March 2022).

Tejedo, P., Benayas, J., Cajiao, D., Leung, Y.-F., De Filippo, D., & Liggett, D. (2022). What are the real environmental impacts of Antarctic tourism? Unveiling their importance through a comprehensive meta-analysis. Journal of Environmental Management, 308, 114634. //

Cajiao, D., Leung, Y.-F., Tejedo, P., Barbosa, A., Reck, G., & Benayas, J. (2022). Behavioural responses of two penguin species to human presence at Barrientos Island, a popular tourist site in the Antarctic Peninsula region. Antarctic Science, 13, 1–13.

Cajiao, D., Leung, Y. F., Larson, L. R., Tejedo, P., & Benayas, J. (2022). Tourists’ motivations, learning, and trip satisfaction facilitate pro-environmental outcomes of the Antarctic tourist experience. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 37, 100454. //

Cajiao, D., Benayas, J., Tejedo, P., Leung, YF. (2021).  Adaptive Management of Sustainable Tourism in A Rhetoric or Working Progress? Sustainability.  13, 7649. //

Cajiao, D., Albertos, B., Tejedo, P., Muñoz-Puelles, L., Garilleti, R., Lara, F., … Benayas, J. (2020). Assessing the conservation values and tourism threats in Barrientos Island, Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Environmental Management, 266, 110593. //

Tejedo, P., Benayas, J., Cajiao, D., Albertos, B., Lara, F., Pertierra, L. R., … Reck, G. K. (2016). Assessing environmental conditions of Antarctic footpaths to support management decisions. Journal of Environmental Management, 177, 320–330. //