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Conservation Biology Masters Students (2016/17)

Carles Durà

Carles Durà

Email: carles7292@gmail.com

Carles grew up in Ebro Delta, a big threatened natural area where a major challenge is balancing the interests of birdwatchers, hunters, fishermen, farmers, tourism and urban expansion. Since a young age, he has been fascinated by nature and has collaborated in several ringing projects studying the movements, allometry and biology of birds in Spain, Hungary, Georgia and Morocco. He worked studying chronic lead poisoning disease in hunted ducks, analyzing their livers and other injured parts. He has participated in the counting of raptors at the bottleneck of Batumi, Georgia, and that gave him the opportunity to join conservation groups focusing on illegal hunting and wetlands protection. After that, he joined a conservation company, and worked on different projects focusing on the conservation of endemic species. With his ringing group he carried out a research project on the moult pattern of Griffon Vultures. After Carles graduated as a biologist from the University of Vic, he worked for the government Department of National Parks as a technician, monitoring wintering and breeding bird populations in different national parks of Spain. He loves canoeing, bird watching, traveling and snorkeling.

Thesis

Understanding predation of tortoises by nesting Pied Crows (Corvus albus) in western South Africa. (Supervisors: Arjun Amar, Robert Thomson)