Brief Personal Bio
My introductions to hawk ecology began while exploring parts of the Caribbean. When I was on the Haitian island of La Gonave in 2011 I kept wondering, how can a hawk survive here while even rodents are very sparse because of the intense environmental degradation? Well, I returned in 2012 and discovered that the hawks could survive because domestic livestock supplemented the available food resources in this island ecosystem and the local citizens considered this a part of the environment.
In 2013, I returned to the Caribbean to help on paleotempestology project (study of past storms, for Virginia Tech) and worked for the Peregrine Fund in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The Ridgway’s Hawk is Critically Endangered and only lives in parts of the Dominican Republic. Thomas and Christine Hayes are leading an excellent recovery program and have successfully reintroduced a new population to the Punta Cana area.
In 2014, I was fortunate enough to briefly work under Dr. Hernan Vargas and the Peregrine Fund in Antisanilla, Ecuador, with Andean Condors and Foxes. The northern Andean Condor populations are decreasing and are locally listed as Critically Endangered. Dr. Vargas and his collaborators have created a reserve encompassing a large expanse of Condor habitat to help enable the population to naturally reproduce.