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Eduardo Iņigo-Elias

Eduardo Iņigo-Elias


As Coordinator of the Neotropical Bird Conservation Program at Cornell Lab of Ornithology since 2001, I have worked with conservation organizations and agencies in Latin America and the USA for conservation of migratory and resident birds. I obtained my B.S. at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa in Mexico City and worked for 7 years at INIREB in Mexico on issues such as raptor migration, ecology of Neotropical forest eagles and pesticides effects on Neotropical raptors. I obtained both an M.S. in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Florida, Wildlife and Range Sciences Department and Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation. I have been an active member of the Raptor Research Foundation since 1984, serving several official posts until today. In 1989 I co-organized the joint meeting of RRF and WWGBP in Veracruz, Mexico. From 1996 to 1998 I served as Conservation Director at World Wildlife Fund Mexico Program, working on biodiversity conservation issues. In 1998-2000, as Director of Science and Conservation at Fundacion ARA in Monterrey, Mexico, I have been very active on the research and conservation national committee for the Golden Eagle in Mexico. In 2002 I was a co-editor of the RRF Vol. 36 (1) March 2002 "Golden Eagle: its status, conservation, and management in 1999". I serve on both the Tri-national Board of Directors and Mexican Board of Directors for the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), helping to evaluate multiple species plans for protection of birds in North America (Canada, Mexico and the USA). I also help the Mexican CITES Scientific Authority in bird conservation issues. In cooperation with government agencies in North America, I have assisted in fostering collaboration and partnerships for bird conservation at the continental scale.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd  
Ithaca,  NY  14850  United States
Phone: 607-254-2120 Fax: 607-254-2104
Email: eei2@cornell.edu

   Research Interests

Ornithology in general
Tropical forest bird ecology
Conservation biology
Raptor biology and conservation
Neotropical forest raptors
Owls in general
Vulture biology
Neotropical forest eagles

Species of Interest: 
  • Bat Falcon
  • Black Hawk-eagle
  • Black-and-white Hawk-eagle
  • Harpy Eagle
  • Ornate Hawk-eagle


Aranda, M., A. Burton, E. Iņigo-Elias, and P. Escalante. 2008. [A new record for the Ornate Hawk-eagle (Spizaetus ornatus) in the Sierra Manantlán Biosphere Reseve, Jalisco-Colima, Mexico]. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 80:265-268. (In Spanish with English summary)

Iņigo-Elias, E. E. 1985. (Abstract) The trade of diurnal birds of prey in Mexico. Raptor Research Foundation Symposium on the Management of Birds of Prey: International Meeting, Abstracts of papers 1985: 4.

Iņigo-Elias, E. E. 1986. The trade in diurnal birds of prey in Mexico. Pp. 128-140 in: Chancellor, R. D. and B.-U. Meyburg (eds.), Proceedings of the Western Hemisphere Meeting of the World Working Group on Birds of Prey, Sacramento, California, November 7-8, 1985, Birds of Prey Bulletin, No. 3. World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls, Berlin, Germany.

Iņigo-Elias, E. E. 1987. Feeding habits and ingestion of synthetic products in a Black Vulture population from Chiapas, Mexico. Acta Zoologica Mexicana 9: 1-15.

Iņigo-Elias, E. E. 1991. Ecological correlates of forest fragmentation and habitat alteration on a tropical raptor community in the Selva Lacandona region of Chiapas, Mexico. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Iņigo-Elias, E. E., L. A. Albert, A. F. Naverrete, and L. F. Kiff. 1991. (Abstract) Pesticide levels and eggshell thickness in four sympatric Neotropical raptors in southeastern Mexico. Journal of Raptor Research 25: 155.

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