Hernán Vargas Ph.D.

Program director – Neotropical Science and Student Education

My major area of interest is conservation biology, including aspects of ecological monitoring, population ecology and species extinctions. I consider it of paramount importance, in endangered species research, to determine and distinguish the effects of natural and anthropogenic factors on population fluctuations and extinctions. Therefore, I participate and/or promote research on the ecology and conservation of birds with small populations; effects of climate, particularly of El Niño events; movements and dispersal; effects of parasites and diseases; long-term research and ecological monitoring of the Harpy Eagle, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Flamingoes, Flightless Cormorant and Mangrove Finch; and last, but not least, impacts of training local people on conservation.

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