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Donald Afan

Donald Afan


A biodiversity specialist with over 17 years of experience in the environmental profession, raptor biology, wildlife ecology, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Employed technologies such as telemetry, bio-informatics and molecular biology for use in ecological and biological research. Served as an educator at one of the Philippines’ most prestigious universities collaborating with new breed of biologists and training local field personnel in the identification and characterization of fauna and playing an integral part in the development of environmental protection policies and regulatory rules and regulation for wildlife and other natural resources. I have also undertaken ecological studies in desert environments where I discovered a whole new world where raptors thrive. I am currently a senior consultant for one of the largest consulting company based in the UAE.

ARCADISVectra Middle East-ECHarris
Abu Dhabi,    United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971506128247
Email: afandonald75@yahoo.com

   Research Interests

Systematics of birds, especially diurnal birds of prey. Ecology of diurnal raptors - behaviour, movement and survival. Biodiversity of the Middle East. Ospreys in offshore installations. Desert ecology. Reintroduction programs. Environmental impacts of development projects and industrial activities

Species of Interest: 
  • Osprey
  • Philippine Eagle
  • Peregrine Falcon


Bueser, G.L.L., K.G. Bueser, D.S. Afan, D.I. Salvador, J.W. Grier, R.S. Kennedy, and H.C. Miranda, Jr. 2003. Distribution and nesting density of the Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jefferyi on Mindanao Island, Philippines: what do we know after 100 years? Ibis 145:130-135.       pdf

Ibañez, J.C., H.C. Miranda, Jr., G. Balaquit-Ibañez, D.S. Afan, and R.S. Kennedy. 2003. Notes on the breeding behavior of a Philippine Eagle pair at Mount Sinaka, Central Mindanao. Wilson Bulletin 115:333-335.       pdf

Miranda, H., Jr., D.I. Salvador, K. Gatil, J. Ibañez, D.S. Afan, G.L. Bueser, and G.B. Ibañez. 2000. (Abstract) Updates on the nesting biology and population status of the Philippine Eagle Pithecophaga jeffreyi. P. 215 in D. Prawiradilaga (ed.), Proceedings Asian Raptor Research Conservation: the Second Symposium on Raptors of Asia, Grand Aquila, Bandung -- Indonesia, 25-27 July 2000. Indonesian Committee for the Second Symposium of Asian Raptor Research and Conservation, Cibinong, Indonesia.

Bueser, G.L.L., D.S. Afan, G.A. Balaquit, K.M. Gatil, and J.C. Ibañez. 1999. Distribution and conservation of the Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) in Davao Oriental and Davao Province. Sylvatrop 8:114-119.

Afan, D., J. Ianez, G. Bueser, K. Gatil, G. Ibanez and H. Miranda, 2000. Notes on movement and behavior of a post-fledging Philippine Eagle in Mt. Sinaka, Mindanao Island. Sylvatrop Vol. 10 (Nos. 1 & 2):

Mancke, R., D. Afan, G. Bueser, K. Gatil, G. Ibanez, J. Ibanez and H. Miranda. 2000. Philippine Eagle (Pithecophage jeferyi) sighings in Mindanao, Philippines during 1991-1999 - Analysis and predictions. (Abstract)The Auk (Supplement) Vol. 117, No. 3. Proceedings of the 117th Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists Union, 1999. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.

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