José Valdebenito Chávez

José started doing research back in Chile conducting mostly descriptive work related to parasites in birds of Chile. Currently José is doing a PhD in the University of Bath (UK) supervised by Prof Tamás Székely, Prof Sam Sheppard (Bath), and Dr Jordi Figuerola (Seville, Spain), investigating the causes of sex-specific mortality patterns in birds, particularly in…

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Allison Pierce

Alli is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Denver broadly interested in animal population dynamics and behavioral ecology. Most of her graduate work has focused on her species of interest, the Mountain Plover. She is fascinated by this unusual shorebird because of its peculiar split-clutch mating system and preference for disturbed habitats far from…

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Mike Weston

Dr Michael (Mike) Weston is an Associate Professor at Deakin University where he teaches and conducts research on plovers and their conservation, and teaches into the Wildlife and Conservation Biology degree. He is solution- rather than problem-focused, and adopts a practical, science-based approach to solving biodiversity conservation issues, being inclusive of stakeholders and embracing citizen…

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Naerhulan Halimubieke

Born and raised in the most pristine areas in Central Asia (Xinjiang, West China), Naerhulan has developed a passion for biological research. He earned a master’s degree in behavioural ecology at Beijing Normal University with a focus on breeding behaviour of Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). He is currently working on his PhD project on social…

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Brett Sandercock

Brett has worked with migratory waders for more than 25 years, with a research focus on the demography and behavioral ecology of species breeding in arctic and grassland ecosystems.  Brett first worked with Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers in western Alaska for a dissertation project and received his PhD from Simon Fraser University in 1997.  He…

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Sama Zefania

Sama leads the Madagascar plover’s project with Professor Tamas since 2002 until now. Sama likes to carry out the fieldwork data collecting and reporting on conservation biology and behavioral ecology of shorebird and currently hope to expand my experiment on lab work on this shorebird. Sama is a lecturer at the University of Toliara Madagascar…

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Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen is an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in New York.   Following a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech on the breeding ecology of Piping Plovers in New York, Jonathan did post-doc work on Red Knots and Piping Plovers.  His lab focuses on factors limiting…

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Yang Liu

Yang got his PhD at Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Berne, Switzerland in 2011. He established the Avian Ecology and Evolution Research Group in Sun Yat-sen University in 2012.Yang’s lab is enthusiastic to study patterns and processes in diversification and adaptation of Asian birds using interdisciplinary approaches. Liu’s current studies related to ELVONAL…

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Pinjia Que

Pinjia is working on plover in China since 2011. As his PhD study project, he studies on the nest survival, chick survival, brood sex ratio and population genetic structure. He do a post-doc at the College of Life Science, Beijing Normal University. Presently, Pinjia is conducting a project about adaptive mechanism of camouflage in Kentish…

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Afonso Rocha

Afonso Rocha is a conservation ecologist and since 2006 dedicate part of his career in the monitoring and study of wader species and the management of coastal habitats. He has particular interest in the ecology of Kentish plover breeding in anthropogenic habitats such as saltpans. Currently is a Post-doctoral researcher based at University of Aveiro,…

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Jordi Figuerola

Jordi is a senior researcher at Estación Biológica Doñana, a research institute of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) centered around studies of the mechanisms that generate, maintain and contribute to loss of biodiversity. His collaborations focus on identifying the consequences of wintering in Europe or traveling to Western Africa for the survival, breeding success and…

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Cristina Carmona

Cristina began her work with birds after falling in love with the blue-footed boobies in Isla Isabel, Mexico. Interested in their behavior, since then she has continued to study seabirds and plovers, studying the developmental long-term consequences of brood’s hierarchies in boobies and the mating behaviour, mating system and social enviroment in plovers. She finished…

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Eduardo Santos

During most of his career Eduardo has investigated aspects of mating systems, sexual selection and parental investment in birds. His experience with shorebirds started during his MSc thesis when Eduardo studied the Southern Lapwing in Central Brazil. Southern Lapwings are a really interesting shorebird because they exhibit a form of cooperative breeding. Eduardo is currently…

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Anton Ivanov

Anton has been studying the ecology of migrant waders on the steppe lakes of European Russia (the Republic of Kalmykia, the Volgograd and Astrakhan Regions) since 2001. He is interested in interspecific relationships, competition and ecological segregation of closely related species of waders. Anton met Prof. Tamas Székely in 2003 at the International Wader Study…

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Luke Eberhart-Phillips

Luke is a population ecologist with a special interest in the evolutionary relationships between social behaviour and demography. He aims to understand how animal breeding systems are shaped by extrinsic social and ecological environments and by intrinsic phylogenetic constraints. To accomplish this, Luke’s work focuses largely on studying sex-specific variation in mating strategies, parental care,…

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