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Vargas, Hernan F.

Vargas looking through binoculars

In 1995, Hernan received his M.S. in Raptor Biology from Boise State University, studying Gray-backed Hawks in western Ecuador.


Thesis Abstract

Thesis Research & Resulting Publications

Hernan was the Head of Ornithology for the Charles Darwin Foundation in Ecuador from 1995 to 2001. From 1997 to 2001, Hernan was also Interim Program Leader at the Vertebrate Ecology & Monitoring Program with the Charles Darwin Foundation in Ecuador.

He was the Darwin Initiative Project Coordinator at the University of Oxford, UK from 2003 to 2005.

In 2006, Hernan received his Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Oxford.

Currently, Hernan is the Neotropical Program Senior Scientist for the Peregrine Fund where he is responsible for design, implementation, and management of  The Peregrine Fund’s Neotropical Science and Student Education Program in Latin America (Neotropical Region).


Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:

Vargas González, J. de J., and F.H. Vargas. 2011. Nesting density of Harpy Eagles in Darien with population size estimates for Panama. The Condor 45:199-210.

Levin, I.I., D.C. Outlaw, F.H. Vargas, and P.G. Parker. 2009. Plasmodium blood parasite found in endangered Galápagos Penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus). Biological Conservation 142:3191-3195.

Vargas, F.H., S. Barlow, G. Jimenez-Uzcategui, J. Chavez, S. Naranjo, and D.W. Macdonald. 2008. Effect of climate variation on the abundance and distribution of Flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) in the Galápagos Islands. Journal of Zoology 276: 252-265.

Merkel, J., H.I. Jones, N.K. Whiteman, N. Gottdenker, F.H. Vargas, E.K. Travis, E. Miller, and P.G. Parker. 2007. Microfilariae in Galápagos Penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) and Flightless Cormorants (Phalacrocorax harrisi): genetics, morphology and prevalence. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 93(3):495-503.

Vargas, H., C. Lougheed, and H. Snell. 2005. Population size and trends of the Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus). Ibis 147:367-374.


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