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Published on Apr 15, 2015
My name is Veronica Gama, I am a PhD candidate at the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at The University of Queensland.
I study patterns of extinction risk in migratory birds, which means I try to predict which bird species will face risk of extinction sooner and them I come up with ideas to protect them. This approach is very important because it enables us to take actions to prevent extinction of species before they are gone and it is too late. Some of the species I study, the long distance migrants, use the globe as their backyard, crossing international borders every year during their migrations. To better understand these highly mobile species and work for their conservation, I need to travel to the places where they pass, and gather information from local bird experts. Currently I am doing a global analysis to discover which birds: migrants or non-migrants are more susceptible to extinction risk. Then I will focus on Australian and Brazilian bird species to develop conservation guidelines.
The Campus Travel Grant will enrich my research on a trip-of-a-lifetime to Brazil. There I will meet other researchers and together discover how to manage migratory birds in developing countries where data for risk assessments are scarce.