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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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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András Liker

András Liker is a biologist, his work focuses on behavioural ecology and evolutionary topics, using birds as model systems. Andras is a Professor at the University of Pannonia (Veszprém, Hungary), and is the leader of the MTA-PE Evolutionary Ecology Research Group. His current research investigates the relationships between skewed adult sex ratios and variation in…

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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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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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Claire Tanner

Claire Tanner is a PhD student at the University of Bath studying sex ratios and breeding behaviour in shorebirds, supervised by Prof Tamás Székely (Bath University), and Dr Daniel Field (Cambridge University). Claire is specifically investigating mating systems in Kittlitz’s plovers in South Africa, and will be comparing the breeding systems in this population to…

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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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Evgenia Luchik

Evgenia is a junior researcher at Laboratory of Ornithology at the Centre of biodiversity of The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Since 2012 Evgenia has been studying breeding ecology and migration of waders at the Pripyat River floodplain meadows. The most interesting study site for Evgenia is Turov Meadow as this is one of…

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Grant McDonald

Grant McDonald is an evolutionary ecologist who got his PhD from the University of Oxford.  His previous work used a mixture of theoretical simulations and empirical research on polyandrous red junglefowl to explore how the complex structure of social and sexual interactions shapes patterns of sexual selection.  He recently joined as a post-doc working with…

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Ivalio Dimtchev

Ivailo has been actively involved in the conservation and study of waterfolw and biodiversity for more than 20 years, and is particularly interested in migratory processes and food, habitat and predation, especially  for birds in salt lakes.Ivalio is a PhD student at The Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research (IBER) at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences…

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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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José O. Valdebenito

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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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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Kees Wanders

Kees’s research combines fieldwork in the Russian Arctic, labwork in Cardiff, and bioinformatics in Bath, to study evolutionary processes underlying shorebird population structure. He is a PhD student supervised by Prof Tamas Szekely (University of Bath), Prof Michael Bruford (Cardiff University), Dr Araxi Urrutia (University of Bath) and Prof Guojie Zhang (Beijing Genomics Institute). Previously…

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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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Magali Frauendorf

Magali is a PhD at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology with a broad interest in wildlife ecology, population dynamics and nature conservation. She is currently working in the CHIRP (Cumulative Human Impact on biRd Populations) project, which aims to identify how humans impact bird populations during different stages of the life and how these accumulate.…

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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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Nastya Kuzmiankova

Nastya Kuzmiankova is a PhD student Belarussian State University. She started her work with birds more than 10 year ago. Specifically with waders 5 years ago. She is interested in monitoring waders which are nesting among agryculturals fields in Belarus. She does monitoring on numbers and factors influencing waders in such habitats. She is studying nest…

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Natalia Karlionova

Natalia is a Senior researcher at Laboratory of Ornithology at the Centre of biodiversity of The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. She has been studying migration strategy and breeding ecology of waders for almost 20 years. She is a member of International Wader Study Group since 2002 and a member of Working Group on…

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Noémie Engel

Noémie’s main focus lies on the resident Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) population in Maio, Cape Verde. She conducted fieldwork in Maio for three consecutive years, which allowed her to gain a great understanding of this population’s breeding ecology and parental care. In addition, she conducted nest predation experiments looking into different predator strategies focusing on…

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Nolwenn Fresneau

Nolwenn is an early career postdoc researcher working under the supervision of Prof. Andras Liker in the University of Pannonia (Veszprém, Hungary). Her previous work includes a PhD in Antwerp (Belgium) where she focused on the evolution of intra-family interactions in canaries and blue tits and a master thesis studying behavioural syndromes of blue tits…

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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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Ralitsa Georgieva

Ralitsa has 10 years working experience with waders and other shorebirds in Bulgaria and Albania. Her work started in 2009 as a volunteer for the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife Bulgaria). Since 2010 she has participated in the regular monitoring’s of water birds for different conservation projects focused on the Burgas Lakes…

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Romy Rice

Romy is currently working as a research assistant at the University of Debrecen after graduating from her undergraduate degree in Biology with Professional Placement from the University of Bath, UK. She is currently focusing on providing a first look at the breeding biology of the Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor), a semi-desert wader in the Cape…

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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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Sriman Delip Kumar Das

Sriman Delip Kumar Das is an Assistant Professor of Zoology at Jagannath University, Bangladesh where he teaches several courses of Zoology, wildlife and biodiversity conservation. He is passionate about conducting ecological research and conservation of the nature and wildlife. Birds are his main interest. Currently he is trying to understand the winter ecology and habitat use…

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Triin Kaasiku

Triin is a PhD student at the University of Tartu, interested in breeding waders in semi-natural habitats. The aim of her current project is to comprehend the issue of predation pressure, look at possible solutions and mediate between the research and conservation practitioners in western Estonia. Additionally, she acts as a conference coordinator of the…

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Viacheslav Khursanov

Viacheslav Khursanov is a PhD student at The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. He started his work with birds as a member of group studying Common cuckoos behavior by means of radio tracking. Also he took part in The LIFE MagniDucatusAcrola project that aims to restore degraded habitats of Aquatic warbler in Lithuania and…

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Vladimir Mladenov

Vladimir has worked in ornithological projects for the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife Bulgaria) and other NGOs and companies since 2008. For the last 11 years he has participated in and coordinated the monitoring and conservation activities for waders and other shorebirds in the Burgas wetlands. Focus of his work are four…

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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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