M.Sc. Glenda Denise Hevia
Doctoral Student-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
I am a doctoral student from the National University of Cordoba (UNC), Argentina, with a fellowship from the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). My thesis focus on determine if human disturbance could affect blood parameters and physical condition over breeders of a poorly-known shorebird species, the two-banded plover Charadrius falklandicus, during its breeding season in coastal beaches at northern Chubut Province, Patagonia Argentina. I conduct intensive fieldwork surveys searching and monitoring plover nests on gravel beaches with various levels of disturbance due to human activities. Besides physiological parameters, I estimate nest survival and determine main causes of nest failure. Monitoring activities, conservation and management actions are highly supported by policy managers and park rangers of local natural protected areas.