Lisa is Executive Director and Conservation Ecologist for Birds Caribbean since 2013 and former president of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds. She is also Rearch Assistant Professor of Biology and Co-chair of the West Indian Whistling Duck working group of the Society of Caribbean Ornithology and holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
“I am an ornithologist and conservation biologist who has been working in the Caribbean for 26 years, including 4 years of field research on the breeding ecology and behavior of White-cheeked Pintails in the Bahamas, field research on West Indian Whistling-Ducks (WIWD) on Long Island, Bahamas, and involvement with the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) for many years. My B.Sc. is in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis. I received a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota. I have training, teaching, research and/or work experience in waterfowl and wetlands ecology and conservation, impacts of climate change on wetlands and waterfowl, biodiversity loss, invasive species, outreach and communication strategies, and surveying/monitoring techniques. My objective is to continue to raise awareness and help build capacity throughout the region to carry out bird and habitat conservation.
I’m serving as Executive Director of Birds Caribbean (formerly SCSCB) and am Project Coordinator of the WIWD and Wetlands Conservation Project since its inception in 1996 with primary responsibility for overseeing and providing leadership on projects, fund raising, coordinating communications and liaising with contacts in each country, conducting training workshops, and developing numerous outreach materials (e.g., bird identification cards), including co-authoring and co-editing of Wondrous West Indian Wetlands: Teachers’ Resource Book.
I have been working to help develop SCSCB’s new regional bird monitoring programs, including raising grant funds, preparing materials, and organizing and facilitating training workshops. I have helped to organize the last 3 SCSCB meetings and served as Co-Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for each meeting. I also work closely with the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF) and International Migratory (IMBD) Regional Coordinators to develop outreach and educational materials such as posters, fact sheets, and the new Migratory Birds of the West Indies Colouring Book.”
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