XXI CONGRESS OF THE MESOAMERICAN SOCIETY FOR BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION AND VI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PARTNERS IN FLIGHT

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Both meetings will take place Oct 30th - Nov 3rd 2017. San José, Costa Rica. Hotel Crown Plaza

XXI CONGRESS OF THE MESOAMERICAN SOCIETY FOR BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION AND VI INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF PARTNERS IN FLIGHT
"Conservation of biodiversity in the hands of Mesoamerican women"

The SMBC Congress is held every year. In 2002, we celebrated the VI Congress of the SMBC in Costa Rica, then we returned in 2010 for the XIV Congress with the successful participation of hundreds of students and professionals. After seven years, we return to Costa Rica, hoping to once again contribute to the professional and technical development of our membership by celebrating the 21st Congress in the city of San José, Costa Rica. We wanted to expand our efforts and knowledge-sharing by combining with the Partners in Flight (PIF) international conference. PIF has been a partner of SMBC since 2008; it includes more than 150 partner organizations throughout the Western Hemisphere. They are committed to all aspects of terrestrial bird conservation from science, research, planning, and policy development to land management, monitoring, education, and outreach. Partners in Flight will meet in Costa Rica to promote interest in understanding and preserving birds throughout their annual cycle. PIF hopes to meet in Mesoamerica to increase partnerships with students and professionals across the region. In addition, they are interested in examining the relevance of science and bird conservation and biodiversity in the broader fields of sustainable development and human well-being.

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Dr. Alvaro Umaña

Alvaro Umaña Quesada, Ph.D., is Senior Research Fellow at the Tropical Agronomic Center for Research and Higher Education (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, and he is recognized as a leader in policy formulation and in environmental economics.

Dr. Alice Boyle

Alice Boyle is an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. Her main research interests are in the movement ecology of birds. Her interest in biology and birds began when living in Costa Rica in the early 90s, and since 2000, she has conducted research in of the wettest forests of the Caribbean slope

Dr. Bridget Stutchbury

Since the 1980s, she has studied migratory songbirds to understand their behavior, ecology and conservation. Her current research focuses on studying the incredible migration journeys of songbirds to help halt the severe declines in many species.

Dr. Winnie Hallwachs

Winnie Hallwachs is an ecologist with 35+ years experience in what is today Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica. Her dissertation research studied seed hoarding by wild agoutis in the context of their individual lives, and agoutis as inheritors of formerly megafauna-dispersed fruits.

Dr. Chris Wood

Chris Wood is the Assistant Director of Information Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Much of his time is focused on eBird, which has grown from a small traditional citizen science project into a collaborative global enterprise.

Dr. Lourdes Mugica

Lourdes had been working in the Faculty of Biology, University of Havana for 36 years where she belongs to the Bird Ecology Group. Currently she is a Full Professor dedicated to teaching, avian research, environmental education and capacity building.

Dr. Carlos de la Rosa

Carlos de la Rosa is the current Director of the La Selva Biological Station for the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. In his current position, Dr. de la Rosa and his team run one of the most successful research and education field stations in the world.

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