Juan Andrés Martínez Lanfranco
Research: Avian ecology and conservation in native and afforested habitat types in the Northern Campos Grasslands of Uruguay
Abstract: Grassland habitats in Southeastern South America have diminished due to agriculture and forestry expansion. Endemic and endangered grassland specialist birds have shown range and population declines. This project will quantify avian communities of grasslands, wetlands, native forests, and timber plantations in the northern Campos grasslands of Uruguay. I will determine bird community richness, composition and abundance, characterize vegetation structure at bird sample points and assess habitat associations at multiple scales (plot, stand, landscape) to develop bird/habitat relationship models. This project will establish the baseline of a long-term research and monitoring program for adaptive management of bird responses to habitat conditions and silvicultural practices in native habitats and timber plantations in northern Uruguay.