WHO WE ARE - AUTHORS
Editor and lead author
Sebastian K. Herzog [photo]
Born and raised in Germany, Sebastian first came to Bolivia in 1994 and has been studying its birds ever since. He holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and has been Scientific Director of Asociación Armonía (BirdLife in Bolivia) for the past eight years. He has published more than 30 research papers in international and Bolivian journals on the ecology, biogeography, distribution, taxonomy, natural history, and conservation of Bolivian birds, and he coauthored Armonía’s latest edition of the Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Bolivia (published in 2003). Most recently he edited a book on the effects of climate change on the biodiversity of the tropical Andes. His ornithological expertise are in Andean forest birds, but his birding travels have taken him to several other regions in Bolivia as well.
Coauthors (in alphabetical order)
José Antonio Balderrama [photo]
A biologist with an MSc in Environmental Sciences, José has been dedicated to the study and conservation of birds from an early age. He has surveyed bird communities throughout the country in all of its nine departments, resulting in several important distributional records, and published a number of notes and articles in both scientific and popular outlets in Bolivia as well as in international scientific journals. He also authored two local Cochabamba bird identification guides and is coauthor of other books in preparation. José has worked on several projects with Asociación Armonía, is a research associate of the Centro de Biodiversidad y Genética and instructor of the Avian Systematics undergraduate course at the Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba, and president of the Asociación Boliviana de Ornitología.
Víctor Hugo García Solíz [photo]
A. Bennett Hennessey [photo]
Mauricio Herrera Hurtado [photo]
Born in the town of Montero just north of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Mauricio holds a Licenciatura degree in Biology from the Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He was a teaching assistant of the Vertebrates undergraduate course at the same university and a curatorial assistant for seven years in the ornithology section of the Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado, participating in ornithological expeditions of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He also was president of the Bird Observers Club of Santa Cruz. Although his undergraduate thesis dealt with aquatic birds, most of Mauricio’s work has focused on parrots, his true passion. He authored a conservation strategy for the Hyacinth Macaw in Bolivia and volunteered in the Hyacinth Macaw conservation program in Brazil. He is currently the coordinator of Asociación Armonía’s Blue-throated Macaw Conservation Program and an advisor to the municipal zoo in Santa Cruz.
Alex E. Jahn [photo]
Alex was born in 1972 the USA but was primarily raised in Bolivia, as his mother is Bolivian. He has studied birds in Bolivia since 1996, working mainly in the departments of Beni, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz. He has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida and has authored or co-authored over a dozen papers on the ecology of birds, mainly in Bolivia. His recent research focuses mainly on the behavioral ecology of migratory birds in eastern Bolivia. He is currently a visiting researcher at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Ross MacLeod [photo]
Ross is a Scot who first worked in Bolivia in 1999 and 2001, leading student ornithology and biodiversity inventory expeditions to the Yungas. He has lead or participated in 14 biodiversity survey expeditions to Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador and helped organize more than 50 ornithological inventories throughout Bolivia. After finishing his doctorate in Zoology at Oxford University in 2003 he lived and worked in Bolivia for 2 years surveying birds and organizing a project to identify key areas for biodiversity conservation in Bolivia. Since then he has returned annually to work with teams of Glasgow University students on Armonía’s threatened bird conservation projects in várzea forest and the Beni savanas.
Aidan Maccormick [photo]
Oswaldo Maillard Z. [photo]
Born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 1979, Oswaldo developed a strong interest in studying the natural world at an early age, but it wasn’t until he enrolled in college that he took ornithological research seriously. In 1997 he began his career as a curatorial assistant in the ornithology section of the Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado. Since then he has traveled widely in all nine Bolivian departments carrying out scientific studies on the distribution, behavior, and reproductive biology of the country’s birds. He is currently a research associate of the Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado as well as Asociación Armonía’s coordinator of the national Important Bird Areas Program and distributional bird data base manager.
J. Van Remsen, Jr. [photo]
For those familiar with Bolivian ornithology, Van hardly needs an introduction. From the mid 1970s to the late 1980s he probably was the most active field worker in the country (in both highlands and lowlands), and his field and museum research have lead to many publications on the natural history, distribution, biogeography, ecology, and taxonomy of Bolivian birds. In 1989 he published, together with Melvin A. Traylor, Jr., the first checklist of Bolivian birds in almost half a century, and the book has become a milestone in modern Bolivian ornithology. Van is Curator of Birds at the Louisiana State University’s Museum of Natural Science in Baton Rouge, and he chairs the South American Classification Committee of the American Ornithologists’ Union. His current research focuses on the biogeography of Neotropical birds and, in particular, diversification in the ovenbirds and woodcreepers.
Julián Quillén Vidoz [photo]
Born in Argentina in 1984, Quillén has lived in Bolivia since 2004 and is currently studying biology at the Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Inspired by his father, he started watching and painting birds at an early age. In 1999 he began carrying out bird inventories and guiding naturalist tours, and for the past three years he has been part of an international research team studying the migration of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher in South America. He has published 10 research papers on the natural history, distribution, and migration of birds in Bolivia. His expertise are in bird communities of the lowlands (Amazonia, Chaco, Chiquitanía, Pantanal, and Cerrado), but he has also watched birds in several other ecoregions.