Carmela Española    

PhD - The Ecology and conservation of parrots on Luzon, Philippines  

Date Commenced: September 2009

Director of Studies: Dr Stuart Marsden (Dept. Env. & Geog. Sciences, MMU)

Supervisor: Dr Mick Hillman (Dept. Env. & Geog. Sciences, MMU)

Advisors:   Dr Nigel Collar (BirdLife International)
                    Dr Roger Wilkinson (NEZS, Chester Zoo)
                    Dr Aldrin Mallari (FFI-Philippines)

This project is funded by Loro Parque Fundacion

Carmela has been closely involved in wildlife conservation efforts in the Philippines. She started as a volunteer with the Philippine Endemic Species Conservation Project in Northwest Panay, where she was introduced to the study of birds and biodiversity. After a year of volunteering as a science teacher in Jolo, Sulu,  she took on an exploratory project in this rarely studied island for Fauna and Flora International. This stint inspired the thesis she wrote on the birds of Capual Island in Jolo for a Master's degree in Wildlife Studies. While doing graduate work under the Russell E. Train Education for Nature Fellowship of WWF, CPE took on several volunteer jobs, one of which was with the Babuyan Islands Expedition in 2004. The expedition resulted in the discovery of the Calayan Rail, a new species of near flightless bird endemic to the island of Calayan in the northernmost tip of the Philippines. She also co-founded the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, which is now the fastest growing and most active recreational birdwatching organization in the Philippines. CPE is currently in the faculty of the Institute of Biology, University of the Philippines Diliman. She also serves on the board of the Wildlife Conservation Society of the Philippines and is one of the country representatives of the Oriental Bird Club in the Philippines.

Postgraduate Room E313

Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences
Manchester Metropolitan University
John Dalton Extension Building
Chester Street
Manchester M1 5GD, UK
Tel: (00 44) (0)161 247 3659
Fax: (00 44) (0)161 247 6318

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Department of Environmental & Geographical Sciences

Carmela Española
Postgraduate Room E313
Telephone: 0161 247 3659
Facsimile: 0161 247 6318

Manchester Metropolitan University
Chester Street
Manchester, M1 5GD