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Title: Master's Candidate, Wildlife Science
Advisor: Rob Suryan
Oregon State University
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Dr.
Newport, Oregon 97365
B.S. – Environmental Science and Biology, University of Oregon, 2012
Avian ecology and conservation, marine spatial planning, conservation management, marine renewable energy implications, behavioral ecology, community ecology, population dynamics, and natural resource management
My origins root back to Colombia, Peru, and the amazing state of Oregon. The transition north instilled my appreciation for the natural world and triggered my desire to protect Earth’s wildlife and resources.
For the past couple of years, I’ve had the joy of working in the field of avian education and conservation. Through my work with Environment for the Americas, I was connected with BLM, Oregon Coast NWRC, and OSU Seabird Oceanography Lab where I performed Latino outreach, education, and research. This experience let me to continue work with the Oregon Coast NWRC as a Wildlife Education Specialist. Following this, I work for USFWS Alaska surveying nesting waterfowl in the Yukon Delta and performing seabird vessel surveys in Prince William Sound. Most recently, I became involved in passerine bird banding through the Klamath Bird Observatory.
I am currently seeking a Master’s in Wildlife Science and working with the Seabird Oceanography Lab once again. My project involves using GPS tracking devices on locally breeding and transient seabirds off of the Oregon Coast to better understand their distributions and year-round habitat-use patterns. I’m interested in seeing potential interactions with marine renewable sources and comparing tracking data with remotely sensed habitat data to predict species’ distribution and improve spatial vulnerability maps.