In 2011, I graduated from Biology at the National University of Cordoba, Argentine. In 2013, I finished a two-year Master Program on Wildlife Management at the Centre for Applied Zoology in the same University. Between 2010 and 2014, I had been working as a teacher in several public high schools, teaching biology as many other related subjects. In April 2015, the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) awarded me with a doctoral fellowship to develop a research thesis, assessing the effects of human disturbance on bird physiology and physical condition using the Two-Banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus) as focal species in northern Patagonia, Argentina.
My B.Sc thesis (2007-2008) was focused on the study of long-distance Whimbrels, a Neartic shorebird species, on wintering grounds in tropical mangroves and mudflats in the Pacific coast of Colombia. The aim of this thesis was to focus on the ecology of habitat use by this migratory shorebirds during high and low tides. Fieldwork activities were conducted in the Sanquianga National Park (Nariño Department), and involved evening census during high tides, behavioural observations, mist-netting and banding. Plus, shorebirds were observed during feeding at foraging areas during low tides. These activities were a framework of the project “Conservation of Key Sites for Neotropical Migratory Shorebirds in Colombia, 2007-2009” funded by NMBCA, supported by USFWS and executed by Asociación CALIDRIS.
Among 2012-2013, I carried out my M.Sc thesis along coastal areas in northern Patagonia, Argentina. I studied breeding ecology and estimated daily nest survival of the Two-Banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus) in gravel beaches. After an intensive search and nest monitoring, and based on my results, I recommended several management actions toward the protection of this shorebird species to managers and local government authorities in order to minimize the effects of human disturbance on beach-nesting birds. Frequently, monitoring activities were supported by the collaboration of local park rangers and field interns.
Currently, I'm developing a doctoral research focus on breeding physiology, field nest monitoring and management actions of the Two-banded Plover (Charadrius falklandicus) population in northern Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina. I'm focus on how different levels of human disturbance impact breeders (incubating birds) at physiological level, assessing their physical condition as well. Because of the impact of human activities to breeding plovers is an unknown issue, this topic need urgent investigation. In this sense, background from my previously master study will provide a baseline for the present project and, in conjunction, will improve the overview of the Two-banded Plover breeding demography to effectively establish regional and local conservation actions to protect its population.