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Dr. Ignacio 'Kini' Roesler

Postdoctoral Fellow CONICET | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The easy access to pseudonatural environments in General Villegas, in the northwest of Buenos Aires province (Argentina), with all that it implies, generated in me an early interest in the world of birds, almost reaching a level of “fanaticism”. This favoured a predictable approach with conservation NGOs (e.g., Fundación Vida Silvestre) in 1994, and then, to Aves Argentinas/AOP, where I have been an active member ever since, collaborating on several research and conservation projects and I have even held different positions, as a librarian first and as an editor of Nuestras Aves later and nowadays, as a board member.
Due to my interest in general ornithology and my continued help to the NGOs, I started to join several ornithological and conservation institutions, such as the Neotropical Bird Club (Neotropical Notebook assistant), the Sociedad de Ornitolgía Neotropical (Ornitología Neotropical associate editor) and the Asociación Ambiente Sur (scientific coordinator).
In 2000, I started studying biology at the Faculty of Natural Science and Museum, National University of La Plata (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, UNLP). Since then, I managed to combine bird watching with science, especially in areas such as biogeography, bioacoustics and conservation biology. Most of the projects in which I participated at that time were about birds from tropical and subtropical areas. However, guided by the urge to develop biology applied to the conservation areas, I began to interact with the newborn “Hooded Grebe Project” in January 2010.
Taking advantage of the thematic possibilities and the ignorance about this striking species, I decided to study in parallel a PhD degree, combining conservation work with research. Therefore, I am nowadays in charge of the issues related to the conservation research project.
I started my doctoral thesis in April 2011 and it is related to the factors that affect the viability of the Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) populations, including their aspects of reproductive success and genetic. However, the problems that this endangered species is facing are forcing me to expand the research topics, including assessment of the populations of exotic predators.