About Me

Research focus

  • Ecology, censuses, reproduction, distribution and inventories of bird species and bird communities in Peru.
  • Mutualisms between birds and plants in the elfin forest of the high Andes.
  • Effect of climate change in bird distribution and conservation of the tropical Andes.

Present position

  • Researcher, Tropical Ecology and Conservation Lab. Supervisor: Dr Bette A. Loiselle.
    Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. University of Florida.


  • 2015 PhD. University of Florida, USA.
    Interdisciplinary Ecology. Concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development
  • 2004 M.Sc. Universidad San Pablo CEU, Spain.Tropical Biodiversity Management.
    Dissertation: "Olive-trees as habitat of riparian birds in the Peruvian coast"
  • 2004 M.Sc. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru. Zoology.
    Dissertation: "Ecology of Urban birds in the city of Lima"
  • 1994 B.Sc. Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru. Biology.
    Dissertation: "A comparative study of the bird community in two coastal wetlands in southwestern Peru"

Past positions

  • Assistant Professor, Universidad SEL, Peru. 2015
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Florida 2014
  • Research Professor, Universidad de Huanuco, Peru 2013
  • Ph.D. Student, University of Florida 2009-2012
  • President, Grupo Aves del Peru (GAP)  2003-2009
  • C.E.O., A Rocha Peru  2004-2008
  • Independent consultant in Environmental Impact Assesment  2001-2009
  • Science teacher  1995-2001


  • Unión de Ornitólogos del Perú
  • Grupo Aves del Peru (GAP)
  • Colegio de Biólogos del Perú
  • Cooper Ornithological Society
  • Neotropical Bird Club
  • Neotropical Ornithological Society
  • American Scientific Affiliation
  • BioLogos

Selected Honours and Awards

  • 2015  Education for Nature Fellowship. World Wildlife Fund. USA.
  • 2015  Who’s who in America. Marquis Who’s Who Biographies. USA.
  • 2014  Doris Lowe and Earl and Verna Lowe Scholarship, University of Florida, USA
  • 2013  Diploma de Reconocimiento, Universidad de Huanuco, Peru
  • 2011  Premio Anual a la Investigacion Ambiental, Ministry of Environment, Peru
  • 2010  Diploma of outstanding academic achievement, University of Florida, USA
  • 2008  Fellowship for doctoral studies. FINCyT, Ministry of Foreign affairs, Peru
  • 2003  Neotropical Conservation Award, Neotropical Bird Club, UK
  • 2002  Diploma de Reconocimiento, Colegio de Biólogos del Perú, Peru
  • 1994  Alexander Bergstrom Award.Association of Field Ornithologists, USA

Selected relevant experience

  • 2013 Bird monitoring program of the area influenced by a Hydroelectric station in the Huallaga Valley
  • 2013 Execution of a technical document to propose a conservation area in Huanuco
  • 2010 Assistant of a Bird survey in Cerros del Sira communal reserve
  • 2008 Direction of an Environmental Impact Assessmentin the Peruvian Rainforest
  • 2008 Research advisor of a project on the Ecology and reproduction of the Snowy Plover in Peru
  • 2007 Bird survey of Yanachaga Chemillen National Park, Peru
  • 2006-2007 Elaboration of a handbook for research on bird flu in wild birds
  • 2006-2007 Supervisor of bird researchers in Ica, Prosopis Conservation Project, Kew Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • 2006 Ornithological survey of Cordillera Escalera, protected area of the Northern Peruvian Amazon
  • 2006 Ornithological survey in marine and wetland areas of Paracas, Southwest Peru
  • 2005-2006 Environmental assessment on different mining sites in the Peruvian high Andes
  • 2005-2006 Environmental assessment consultant of the Brazil-Peru highway, Walsh Company. Peru.
  • 2002-2005 Scientific Advisor in Peruvian Public Offices on bird research and conservation.
  • 2005 Survey of the birds of Nazca province. Prosopis Conservation project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
  • 2005 Researcher partner of the project "Phylogeography of the Speckled hummingbird in the Andes". Center for Tropical Conservation, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 2005 Elaboration of the Information Sheet of Ramsar wetlands for the Titicaca Lake. PROFONANPE, Peru.
  • 2004 Organizer of the founding conference of A Rocha Peru, Lima
  • 2003 Principal investigator of the Ecological requirements of the Slender-billed Finch in the Peruvian desert. Funded by Lincoln Park Zoo, Neotropical Bird Club, American Bird Conservancy.
  • 2001-2002 Field leader. Tambopata Macaw Project. Duke University – Rainforest Expeditions. Madre de Dios, Peru.
  • 2001 Workshop leader in Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship program. Montana Research Unit, Coconino National Forest, Arizona.
  • 2001 Research assistant on a project on reproductive biology of Tapaculos in Chile. Funded by National Geographic Society.
  • 1999 Researcher in the Department of Ornithology of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Conservation Training Consortium.
  • 1998 Principal investigator of the habitat use of the Puna ibis in Pantanos de Villa Reserved Zone. Lima.
  • 1995 Organizer of the First National Congress of Peruvian ornithologists (JornadaNacional de Ornitología)- This event started what is currently the CongresoNacional de Ornitologia in Peru. Lima.

Selected teaching experience

  • 2015 Courses: Biology, Geography and Natural Resources. Faculty of Environmental Engineering. Universidad SEL (Evangelical University of Lima).
  • 2014 Course: Conservation Biology, Teaching Assistant. Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida
  • 2014 Course: Biodiversity and Ecological Systems. M.S. program on Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. University of Huanuco, Peru.
  • 2013 Courses of Advanced Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Monitoring of Flora and Fauna, Ecotourism and Natural Protected Areas at the University of Huanuco, Peru
  • 1992-2012 Workshop leader in courses of Field Ornithology, Grupo Aves del Peru. Lima and several cities of Peru.
  • 2006 Professor of Ecology. Bible Seminar of the C&MA. Lima.
  • 1996-2001 Science teacher and head of Science Laboratory. San Ignacio de Recalde School. Elementary Level. Lima.
  • 1995 Science teacher. Secondary level. Maria Alvarado School. Lima.
  • 1988 Teaching assistant in the course of General Botany. Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima.

Selected Funding Received

  • 2015 Education for Nature Fellowship of World Wildlife Fund
  • 2015 American Scientific Affiliation student award
  • 2015 AOU/COS meeting student travel award
  • 2013 Universidad de Huanuco, Peru
  • 2013 Instituto de Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente, Peru
  • 2012 Day Star Ministries grant, USA
  • 2012 Optics for the Tropics, USA
  • 2012 Royal Society for Protection of Birds, UK
  • 2012, 1997 Idea Wild. USA
  • 2009-2011 School of Natural Resources and the Environment, USA
  • 2011 Tropical Conservation and Development Research Grant, USA
  • 2011 Hummingbird Monitoring Network, USA
  • 2010 Climate Change grant for research, CONCYTEC, Peru
  • 2009 LASPAU Fellowship for doctoral studies, Peru
  • 2006 Koepcke Grant for research in threatened species in Peru, Conservation International (With Marco Arenas), Peru
  • 2004 Fellowship for M.S. studies. Fundacion Carolina, Spain
  • 2003 Goelet Student Fund, Neotropical Ornithological Society, USA.
  • 2000 Lincoln Park Zoo NeotropicFund, USA
  • 1999 Conservation Training Consortium, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  • 1997 Grant for research. Idea Wild, USA
  • 1995 Grant for research. American Bird Conservancy. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. USA.
  • 1995 Birder's Exchange. Manomet Bird Observatory. U.S.A.
  • 1994 Grant for research. Tambopata Research Society (TReeS). UK
  • 1994 Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (Perú)
  • 1992,1993 Grant for research. World Nature Association. U.S.A.
  • 1992,1994 Grant for research. Concejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONCYTEC), Perú

Registrando cantos de aves - Recording bird songs Cerro Unchog, Huanuco Flor de Fucsia - Fuchsia flower Bosque achaparrado - Elfin forest Colibri picoespada - Swordbilled hummingbird Tangara de Lomo dorado - Golden-backed Mountain Tanager