Xenabeth Lazaro (Undergraduate, University of Florida, 2018-2020). Xena studied the regeneration capabilities of bryophytes found in the feces of Upland Geese and White-bellied Seedsnipes, exploring the potential dispersal of mosses by these birds in the Cape Horn Region. She is working as a technician studying the acoustics of the endangered Indiana bat in Missouri. She hopes to pursue a Master's degree in bat behavior and ecology in the upcoming year.
Erin Butikofer (Undergraduate, Utah State University, 2018-2019). Erin helped tracking unleashed cats on Navarino Island with collar cameras. This was under an IRES-NSF grant in collaboration with Dr. Elke Schuttler to understand the roaming behavior and owners bond on pet cats in Puerto Williams and how this may affect their impact on wildlife.
Michael Robertson (Undergraduate, University of North Texas, 2017-2020). Mike studied geolocation tracking on small birds to determine their migratory flight path. As part of an IRES NSF grant, he worked alongside Nicholas Russo, publishing two papers on bryophyte and tardigrade dispersal by herbivorous birds on Navarino Island, southernmost Chile. Michael is working as an information security analyst and is pursuing a graduate degree in ecological science and sustainability.
Nicholas Russo (Undergraduate, University of Connecticut, 2017-2020). Nick studied the consumption of mosses by Upland Geese and White-bellied Seedsnipes and the potential for these species to disperse mosses in the Cape Horn region. He incidentally discovered tardigrades inhabiting the feces of White-bellied Seedsnipe. Nick is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles and researching effects of forest structure on the movements of seed-dispersing birds in Central African rainforests.
FORMER INTERN STUDENTS
Natalia Rojas (Undergraduate, Environmental Engineering, Universidad Mayor, Santiago, Chile). She is studying the impacts of pet cats on the critically endangered Juan Fernandez Firecrown (Sephanoides fernandensis). Natalia is tracking cats with neck-cameras and interviewing the cats owners on Robinson Crusoe Island, off the coast of Chile. The hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers in town, where they are killed by the cats.
Dustin Ho (2019). He is a young TAMS student researching biogeographical and ecological questions on Neotropical forest tardigrades (also known as water bears) at different nested spatial scales. We are examining the abundance, diversity and body sizes of tardigrades on different microhabitats (mosses, lichens), substrates (ground, stone, bark), and forest types of a large sample collected from Chilean temperate rainforests. Dustin is involved in many steps of the research that is preparing him to craft the research cycle, along with developing skills for his future career as a conservation scientist.
Simón Castillo 2014 [Proposal for the development of special interests tourism in the Omora Ethnobotanical Park]. UG Universidad Católica de Chile.
Kelli Moses 2013 Ecotourism in the Omora Ethnobotanical Park. M.S. Environmental Sciences. University of North Texas.
Irán Román 2012-2013 Behavioral changes of Magellanic Woodpeckers when aproached by ecotourists. UG University of North Texas.
Aquiles Gutiérrez 2012-2013 [Understanding the migratory cycle of the world’s southernmost forest migrant bird: the White-crested Elaenia (Elaenia albiceps)] M.S. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia.