Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

The WHSRN Team



Dr. Rob P. Clay

Read the special "welcome announcement" in WHSRNews

Rob Clay has been active in migratory bird conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere for more than 20 years. A native of the United Kingdom, his interest in Neotropical birds and conservation began during an undergraduate expedition to Paraguay in 1992, which led to Ph.D. studies of manakins in Costa Rica and Panama.

Prior to joining Manomet in May 2014, Rob was the Senior Conservation Manager in the Americas Secretariat for BirdLife International. There, he led the development of conservation programs for a wide variety of migratory birds, including shorebirds and particularly globally threatened species. He was instrumental in building BirdLife’s Southern Cone Grasslands Alliance, a coalition of cattle ranchers, government agencies, research institutions, and conservation organizations working together in the South American Pampas grasslands.

Through his role at BirdLife, Rob worked closely with WHSRN staff and site partners over the years. He has served on the WHSRN Hemispheric Council, is the current Chair of the Waterbird Conservation Council, and is Vice President of the Heron Specialist Group (HeronConservation).

Prior to BirdLife International, Rob worked for Guyra Paraguay - the country's leading conservation organization, which he helped found in 1997. He has called Paraguay home ever since (except for two years spent at BirdLife headquarters in Ecuador). Rob and his family live in Asunción, Paraguay, where he conducts regular monitoring of shorebirds at the Asunción Bay WHSRN site.

Rob received his B.A. in Zoology, and M.A and Ph.D. in Behavioral Ecology from the University of Cambridge (U.K.). He is fluent in Spanish and highly proficient in North American English.

Laura Chamberlin
Delaware Bay Program Coordinator

In September 2013, Laura Chamberlin joined the WHSRN team as the Delaware Bay Program Coordinator. In her new role, Chamberlin will be responsible for implementing the "Celebrate Delaware Bay" campaign and its collaborative strategies for conservation of shorebird species and their habitats. She will build support for this conservation through collaborations with all sectors, including with those involved with site-management, research and monitoring. She will focus especially on public outreach and education via social marketing.

Chamberlin’s focus in the conservation field has been on engaging people and working to change behavior for lasting conservation. Most recently, she has been working to reduce litter in the Potomac Watershed while at the Alice Ferguson Foundation (AFF). Prior to the AFF, Chamberlin spent over two years with a small environmental nonprofit in eastern California focused on conserving public lands through stewardship and education. From 2004 to 2006, she served in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa, as an agricultural and natural resource management volunteer. Native to the eastern shore of Maryland, Chamberlin holds a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Wildlife Biology from the University of Rhode Island.

Meredith Gutowski Morehouse
Conservation Specialist

Meredith's primary areas of responsibility include the WHSRN Site Assessment Tool, Species Conservation Plans, species- and site-based conservation mapping tools, and both Web- and print-based outreach and communication, including WHSRNews. Prior to joining Manomet in June 2007, Meredith was a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Bird Habitat Conservation from 1998 - 2007 in Arlington, Virginia [USA]. She was a coordinator and grants administrator for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Grants Program for Mexico and, in later years, became the Communications Coordinator for all of the Division’s international migratory bird conservation programs.

Meredith is proficient in Spanish. She earned a Bachelor of Science in International Environmental Studies from Rutgers University’s Douglass College in her home state of New Jersey [USA], and a Master of Environmental Management in Resource Ecology (Conservation Biology track) from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in North Carolina [USA]. Her love of birds, nature, and other cultures has led her, either as a student or volunteer, to unique corners of Australia and New Zealand, Central America, northern South America, and Southeast Asia–with one brief but “birdable” layover in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In August 2012, she and her husband moved from Manomet's headquarters in Massachusetts to Casco, Maine [USA], where she works via home office.

Diego Luna Quevedo
Conservation Specialist

Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Diego joined Manomet’s Shorebird Recovery Program in 2009 as a Conservation Specialist in the WHSRN Executive Office. From his office in Santiago, Chile, Diego works to bring together partners in developing alliances and processes for effective conservation. In particular, he leads in the design and implementation of strategies and action plans for WHSRN sites, primarily in Latin America, including building capacity for good governance.

During the last 15 years, Diego has directed regional projects involving various components, such as technical cooperation, applied research, initiating and facilitating dialogue, governance processes, cross-sector alliances, and themes of biodiversity conservation, socio-environmental conflicts, energy, and climate change. He has worked with the Latin America Future Foundation (FFLA), Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and as an advisor to the National Petroleum Company of Chile (ENAP).

Prior to joining Manomet, Diego led the nomination process to get Bahia Lomas designated as a WHSRN Site. Located in Tierra del Fuego, it is the most important wintering area in South America for Red Knots—and the country’s first WHSRN site.

Lisa Schibley
Information Management Specialist

Lisa joined the WHSRN team in 2008 and is responsible for a number of technical tasks in support of its mission. She maintains the WHSRN website, database, and social media outlets; developed and maintains the Site Assessment Tool database; creates species- and site-based conservation mapping tools; provides shorebird data for WHSRN partners, and develops methods for using data in the strategies and action plans that WHSRN implements.

Lisa, an avid birder, has an academic background in numerical analysis and a Master's degree in Physics from the University of Arizona. She is based at Manomet's headquarters in Manomet, Massachusetts, where she works part-time with full-time dedication.

With gratitude, we would like to recognize our talented and dedicated volunteers and interns:

Dodie Frank (volunteer, 2008 - 2010)
Megan Maloney (intern, Fall 2009)
Terri Fish (intern, Fall 2009)
Ethan Bogdan (volunteer, Summer 2010)
Noemi Moreno (volunteer, Winters 2011 & 2012)