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Ursula Valdez
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Ursula Valdez

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Peruvian Biologist from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima Peru. Obtained a Master's Degree in Zoology and Animal Behavior from North Carolina State University. Currently a PhD candidate at the Dept. of Biology at the University of Washington, studying Forest-falcon ecology in the Amazonian rainforest in southeast Peru. Passionate field biologist who has conducted ecological and ornithological work in dry and montane forest and rainforest in Peru. Has worked as raptor biologist in Peru, Ecuador, Panama, USA and Spain. Was the Director of the Neotropical Environmental Education Program and work as a raptor biologist for The Peregrine Fund. Worked as a field ecology course instructor in Peru and Costa Rica. Former intern of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. Active in conservation work and conservation education. Enthusiast of outdoor activities, including biking, hiking, birdwatching, rock and tree climbing.

University of Washington
Box 351800, Dept. of Biology  University of Washington
Seattle,  Washington  98195  United States
Email: uvaldez@u.washington.edu


   Research Interests

Tropical Ecology
Raptor Ecology
Species interactions
Conservation Biology

Species of Interest: 
  • Micrastur buckleyi
  • Micrastur semitorquatus
  • Micrastur ruficollis
  • Micrastur mirandollei
  • Micrastur gilvicollis
  • Herpetotheres cachinnans
  • Harpia harpyja
  • Spizaetus isidori


   Publications

Curti, M., and U. Valdez. 2009. Incorporating community education in the strategy for Harpy Eagle conservation in Panama. Journal of Environmental Education 4:3-15.

Muela, A., and U. Valdez. 2003. First report of the nest of the Barred Hawk (Leucopternis princeps) in Panama. Ornitologia Neotropical 14: 267-268.

Valdez, M.A. 1999. Raptor communities in disturbed and non-disturbed areas of Manu Biosphere Reserve, southeastern Peru. M.Sc. thesis, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 86 pp.

Valdez, U. 2001. Isidor's Eagle: owners of the cloud forest. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 15-17.

Valdez, U. 2002. Harpy Eagle chicks named by Panamanian school students. The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 33: 7.

Valdez, U. 2002. Why do people persecute Harpy Eagles? The Peregrine Fund Newsletter 33:6.

Valdez, U., and K. Herrera. 2002. (Abstract) Education as a support strategy for Harpy Eagle conservation efforts. Pp. 25, 84 in Conferencia sobre Aves Rapaces Neotropicales y Simposio del Águila Arpía. Fondo Peregrino - Panamá, Panamá City, Panamá.

Valdez, U., A. Muela, and M. Curti. 2005. The Harpy Eagle Conservation Research Program: research, conservation and community-based education to save the national bird of Panama. Pp. 559-560 in Groom, M. J., G. K. Meffe, and R. C. Carroll (eds.), Principles of Conservation Biology, 3rd Edition, Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.

Valdez, U., and S. Osborn. 2002. (Abstract) First observations on the ecology of Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Oroaetus isidori: Accipitridae) in a montane forest of southeastern Peru. Pp. 51, 112 in Conferencia sobre Aves Rapaces Neotropicales y Simposio del Águila Arpía. Fondo Peregrino - Panamá, Panamá City, Panamá.

Valdez, U., and S. Osborn. 2004. Observations on the ecology of the Black-and-chestnut Eagle (Oroaetus isidori) in a montane forest of southeastern Peru. Ornitologia Neotropical 15: 31-40.       pdf

Valdez, U., S. Robertson, B. Robertson, and K. L. Bildstein. 2000. Nestbox use by American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) and European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) in eastern Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Birds 14: 150-153.



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