Colloquium ‘The ecosystem services of carrion-eating birds’

February 18th | 17:00-19:00


The advantages and benefits that we receive from ecosystems at a local but also global level have begun to be evaluated in the last decade. The CO2 absorption capacity of certain plant formations is well known, but the ecosystem services that fauna can provide us perhaps less so. In the case of carrion-eating birds, they have only recently begun to be identified and evaluated.
In Spain, many studies have highlighted, with extremely interesting results, the economic and social impact of the presence of a varied community of carrion-eating birds in the territory. In this colloquium we will learn first-hand, and with people involved in studying and valuing the ecosystem services of vulture populations, several more reasons why it is necessary to conserve biodiversity and, specifically, scavengers.

Natividad Aguilera is a biologist and passionate about ornithology. She is currently a researcher at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche, where she is developing her doctoral thesis on the ecology of scavenger species through the study of ecosystem services and the impacts of human beings on their conservation.

Rubén Moreno-Opo is a PhD in Biology from the Complutense University and an official at the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, where he works in the General Directorate of Biodiversity in aspects related to the conservation and monitoring of wildlife, especially endangered species. He has carried out scientific work evaluating the interaction of carrion-eating birds with human activities. Likewise, he has participated in the development of proposals for management and conservation plans for vultures.

Zebensui Morales has a degree in Environmental Sciences and a doctorate in Environment and Sustainability. He works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Social Studies (IESA-CSIC) in Córdoba. His research includes, with an interdisciplinary approach, the ecology and conservation of vertebrates, the evaluation of ecosystem services and conflicts between humans and fauna, and the study of socio-ecological systems, in particular extensive livestock systems and protected areas in the Mediterranean basin.

Alfonso Godino is an ornithologist whose career has been focused mainly in projects for the conservation and reintroduction of carrion-eating birds in various countries (Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Morocco). He is the coordinator of the Life Eurokite project at AMUS (Acción por el Mundo Salvaje), whose main activity is the identification of mortality factors for the red kite in Europe and the strengthening of its populations in southwestern Spain. From this organization he coordinates and participates in other raptor conservation projects.

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