Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

The WHSRN Team

 


 

Dr. Rob P. Clay
Director, WHSRN Executive Office

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 the Manomet Center 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.

Meredith Gutowski Morehouse
Conservation Specialist

Meredith's primary areas of responsibility include Species Conservation Plans, the WHSRN Site Assessment Tool, 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 to Casco, Maine [USA], where she works via home office.

Diego Luna Quevedo
Southern Cone Representative, WHSRN Executive Office

Diego Luna joined the Manomet Center's Shorebird Recovery Project (SRP) team in 2009, and has responsibilities for SRP’s and WHSRN's strategic functions in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southern Brazil. His work include building collaborative relationships among our partners and key stakeholders for the conservation of shorebirds in this important region, particularly among WHSRN sites. He leads in the design and implementation of strategies and action plans of our “3-S” approach of Site-based Conservation, building the Science foundation, and explicit Success measures, as well as raising public awareness. Diego is proficient in English and works via home office in Santiago, Chile.

Diego was born in Uruguay, and has been based in Chile since 1998. For the past 10 years, he has dedicated himself to numerous conservation projects through consulting and research. He has extensive experience in directing regional initiatives across Latin America, as well as with natural resources management and reduction of socio-environmental conflicts. Diego’s previous positions reflect these interests. He has served as the Executive Director of the Corporation for Wetland Environments of Chile, been a member of the Latin American Future Foundation’s Program for the Prevention and Management of Socio-environmental Conflicts; and the creator and advisor of the Program for the Sustainable Use of Wetlands for the National Petroleum Company of Chile. In this last role, he led in the designation of Bahia Lomas, Tierra del Fuego, as the first WHSRN Site in Chile.

Lisa Schibley
Database Specialist and Technical Assistant

Lisa joined the WHSRN team in 2008, and is responsible for a number of technical tasks in support of its scientists. She maintains the WHSRN website and database, undertakes mapping projects, runs research reports for WHSRN partners, and develops methods to use data in the strategies and action plans that WHSRN implements. Her background is in numerical analysis with a Master's in Physics from the University of Arizona.

 

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)