WCS Argentina

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Adrian Schiavini
Coastal Argentina Program Seabirds

Andrea Caselli
Global Health Program

Andrés Novaro
Director of Patagonian and Andean Steppe Program
Andrés J. Novaro is a researcher in the Argentine National Research Council (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas: CONICET) and co-founder of the Patagonian and Andean Steppe Program of WCS, which he has directed since 1999. After earning a Licenciate degree in biology from the University of Buenos Aires, he received a Fulbright fellowship to do a masters degree at the University of Florida. He later did a PhD at the University of Florida, based on the study of source-sink dynamics induced by hunting in a population of culpeo foxes. He received a Whitley Fund for Nature award in 2005 for his work with provincial government agencies and oil companies to reduce poaching by closing unused oil exploration trails in remote areas where guanacos and other wildlife have been decimated by hunting. Andrés has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students at various Argentine universities and has been involved in several conservation initiatives in the Southern Cone, including the launching of and planning for the WCS Karukinka private reserve in southern Chile. He was instrumental in the development of a Patagonian-wide monitoring plan for hunted canids that began in 1992 and is now carried out by provincial government agencies throughout Patagonia. His current research addresses the effect of puma predation on the recovery of guanacos, the effect of abundant exotic prey on the interaction between native carnivores and native prey, and ecological constraints and conservation of migration by guanacos. 

Carolina Marull
Livelihoods Coordinator
Carolina Marull graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Buenos Aires in 1998. She worked for the WCS Field Veterinary Program doing research on diseases in wildlife populations of Argentina and their interaction with domestic species for 10 years. Beginning in 2005 she worked on a joint FVP/Patagonian and Andean Steppe Program project to evaluate the health and well-being of guanacos being rounded up and sheared by a local cooperative in the Payunia Reserve of Mendoza. In 2009 she joined the WCS Patagonian and Andean Steppe Program, as coordinator of work with local herders in order to achieve sustainable livestock management that allows for the conservation of wildlife and habitats.

Claudia Pap
Accountant
Claudia Pap graduated as an Accountant in 1996. She worked in an accounting studio in Puerto Madryn, Chubut between 1996 and 1997 and between 1997 and 2005in Trelew . As from 2005 she has run her own accounting studio. Between 1996 and 2000 taught Accounting and Auditing, Taxes at the Economic Sciences University of the Universidad Nac de la Patagonia. She is the accountant for Fundacion Patagonia Natural since 2002 and WCS Argentina since 2007.

Claudio Campagna
Director, Sea and Sky Program
Claudio Campagna lives and works in Patagonia. Based on his long-term work on elephant seals and sea lions, he has been promoting an ecosystem approach for the conservation of the Patagonian oceanscape. He graduated as an MD from the University of Buenos Aires in 1979 and obtained a Ph. D in Biology from the University of California in 1987. He has been a researcher of the National Research Council of Argentina since 1988. His affiliation with WCS started in 1984 and continued without interruption until the present. He is member of the Steering Committee of two Argentine NGOs and of the Species Survival Commission of the IUCN. Since 2002, he directs the Sea and Sky Project, that granted him the Pew Fellowship (2004). He helped create and coordinate the Patagonian Coastal Zone Management Plan (GEF-UNDP, WCS-FPN), the first GEF Project of Argentina. His research focus is animal behavior and the biology of marine mammals. He has been promoting the need to create pelagic protected areas in the Patagonian sea and succeeded with the Burdwood Bank MPA, the first of its kind in the region.

Emiliano Donadio
Associate researcher
Emiliano Donadio is currently completing a doctoral degree at the University of Wyoming, based on his research to evaluate the population and community level effects of puma predation on vicuñas in the San Guillermo Landscape. He received a WCS Research Fellowship grant for this research. He has also worked with WCS as a consultant in the San Guillermo and Andean Patagonia Steppe Landscapes.

Esteban Frere
Coastal Argentina Program Seabirds
Esteban Frere is biologist and PhD in Marine Ecology, of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Most of his postgraduate curses were done at the University of Washington, USA. He has been studying seabird ecology and conservation, as field staff of WCS, during the last 25 years at the Patagonian Coast. He was working, particularly, on penguins, cormorants, albatross and petrels. His studies were focused on coastal Patagonia closely related to management of protected areas, assessing on the design and management of protected areas at state government. He has been working not only in the Southwestern Atlantic but also in the Pacific Ocean at Chile and Peru during the last years. He is professor of the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia Austral, Santa Cruz province and researcher of the CONICET (National Scientific Agency). During the last two years, he was coordinating the Global Seabird Programme of BirdLife International in South America.

Felicity Arengo
Flamingos Project

Flavio Quintana
Coastal Argentina Program Seabirds
Flavio Quintana is one of the leading marine conservation biologists in Patagonia. He is a researcher in Ecology and Management of Aquatic Resources for the Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT), the Patagonian center for the National Research Council for Science and Technology in Argentina. His research has been funded by a number of national and international agencies, including the Wildlife Conservation Society. Drs. Quintana's research focuses on the breeding, feeding and migratory behavior of marine mammals and birds along the Patagonian Coast and has made important contributions to the scientific investigation of the ecosystem of the entire area, from the coastal headlands to the edge of the continental shelf.

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