Lic. Nicolás Lois

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I started my studies in Biology in 2008. Since then, I have volunteered in many conservation projects in Argentina. For six years I took part in the Raptor Research and Rescue Program at the Buenos Aires Zoo, one of the most challenging and enduring projects I have ever been involved in, in which my interest for bird conservation greatly developed and most of my research opportunities arose.
In 2015, I obtained my degree after presenting my undergraduate thesis focused on the reproductive biology of Burrowing Owls, specifically in its potential cooperative breeding strategy. During this project, I worked with molecular markers and realized their potential to answer relevant questions in ecology and conservation. Then, during a field campaign in a penguin research project I assisted in Ushuaia, I came up with the idea of combining my experience in genetics with the endangered Rockhopper Penguin.
This year I started my PhD project entitled Local and regional genetic structure of the Rockhopper penguin in Argentina. This project has brought together my previous field experience, my academic background and my main interests in Conservation Biology. I am particularly interested in producing results that could be used to design conservation plans and later on, be implemented as efficient management actions.