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Jose Tomas Ibarra
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Jose Tomas Ibarra

   Biography

I was born near Santiago (Chile) in 1981 and grew up surrounded by the Andes Mountain Range. Its striking landscapes and our frequent trips to the mountains shaped my view of biodiversity and the sense that humans are inextricably linked components of them. These early experiences made me realize the importance of developing an "ecological and cultural" understanding of the need to integrate the well-being of wildlife and human communities. My cooperative research has stimulated me to take action in the conservation of the unique biological and cultural diversity that Andean landscapes embrace. I am a mountaineer and agricultural engineer with a MSc in Conservation and Wildlife Management (Chile) and a second MSc in Environmental Anthropology (UK). Presently, I am a PhD candidate in Forest Sciences (Canada).

Centre for Applied Conservation Research, University of British Columbia
3219-2424 Main Mall  www.mendeley.com/profiles/jose-tomas-ibarra/
Vancouver,  British Columbia  V6T 1Z4  Chile
Phone: 56-9-6748247 (Chile) or 1-6047006271 (Canada)
Email: jtibarra@uc.cl


   Research Interests

My research interests are centered on three main topics: (i) natural history, (ii) the study of the influence of multiple factors (e.g., habitat, climate, biotic interactions and land-use changes) in shaping current state of both taxonomic and functional wildlife biodiversity and (iii) the study of human-wildlife relationships and traditional ecological knowledge. These broad topics are intertwined and are also driven by practical problems. The first has much to offer to contemporary ecologists in the creative process of generating novel research questions. The second provides sound scientific guidelines to practical problems of wildlife conservation and management. Finally, the third because I perceive that a better understanding of how local social systems have developed management practices for dealing with the dynamism of ecosystems, based on ecological knowledge, will promote environmental, cultural and social sustainability. I have led and participated in projects aiming to integrate wildlife ecology, human ecology and environmental education in a variety of environmental settings, including: the high-Andes of northern Chile, Mediterranean eco-region of central Chile, Andean temperate forests of Chile, sub-Antarctic forests of Patagonia, cloud forests of Oaxaca in Mexico and temperate forests of interior British Columbia in Canada.

Species of Interest: 
  • Andean Condor
  • American Kestrel
  • Austral Pygmy Owl
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Rufous-legged Owl


   Publications

Ibarra, J.T., T.A. Altamirano, A. Vermehren, F.H. Vargas K. Martin. 2017. Observations of a tree-cavity nest of the Rufous-legged Owl and predation of an owl nestling by a Chimango Caracara in Andean temperate forests. Journal of Raptor Research 51(1). pp. 85-88.       pdf

Altamirano, T.A., J.T. Ibarra, K. Martin & C. Bonacic. 2017. The conservation value of tree decay processes as a key driver structuring cavity nest webs in South American temperate rainforests. Biodiversity and Conservation 26(10): 2453-2472.

Altamirano, T.A., J.T. Ibarra, A. Vermehren, K. Martin & C. Bonacic. 2017. Roosting records in tree cavities by a forest-dwelling bat species (Histiotus magellanicus) in Andean temperate ecosystems of southern Chile. Bosque 38(2): 421-425.

Caviedes, J. & J.T. Ibarra. 2017. Influence of anthropogenic disturbances on stand structural complexity in Andean temperate forests: implications for managing key habitat for biodiversity. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169450.

Ibarra, J. T., T.A. Altamirano, A.F. Vermehren, F.H. Vargas, and K. Martin. 2017. Observations of a Tree-cavity Nest of the Rufous-legged Owl and Predation of an Owl Nestling by a Chimango Caracara in Andean Temperate Forests. Journal of Raptor Research 51:85–88.

Ibarra, J.T., M. Martin, K.L. Cockle & K. Martin. 2017. Maintaining ecosystem resilience: functional responses of tree cavity nesters to logging in temperate forests of the Americas. Scientific Reports 7: 4467.

Ibarra, J.T., T.A. Altamirano, G. Vergara, A. Vermehren, F.H. Vargas & K. Martin. 2015. [Natural history and autecology of the Austral Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium nana) in the Andean temperate forest of the La Araucania region, southern Chile]. Boletin Chileno de Ornitologia 21:29-40       pdf

Ibarra, J.T., K. Martin, M.C. Drever & G. Vergara. 2014. Occurrence patterns and niche relationships of sympatric owls in South American temperate forests: a multi-scale approach. Forest Ecology and Management 331: 281-291.       pdf

Ibarra, J.T., K. Martin, T.A. Altamirano, F.H. Vargas & C. Bonacic. 2014. Factors associated with the detectability of owls in South American temperate forests: implications for nocturnal raptor monitoring. Journal of Wildlife Management 78(6): 1078-1086.

Ibarra, J.T., T.A. Altamirano, K. Martin, F.H. Vargas, and C. Bonacic. 2014. Tree-cavity nesting of austral pygmy-owls (Glaucidium nana) in Andean temperate forests of southern Chile. Journal of Raptor Research 28(1):82-85.       pdf

Castro, V., F. Massardo & J.T. Ibarra. 2014. Ethno-ornithology in the sub-Antarctic forests of South America. In Rozzi, R. & J.E. Jiménez (Eds.) Magellanic sub-Antarctic ornithology: first decade of long-term studies at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park, Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, Chile. Ediciones de la Universidad de Magallanes, Chile & University of North Texas Press, U.S.A. pp. 321-322.

Pizarro, J.C., R. Rozzi & J.T. Ibarra. 2014. Birds of the southernmost tip of South America that promote conservation, ecotourism, education, and environmental ethics. In Rozzi, R. & J.E. Jiménez (Eds.) Magellanic sub-Antarctic ornithology: first decade of long-term studies at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park, Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, Chile. Ediciones de la Universidad de Magallanes, Chile & University of North Texas Press, U.S.A. pp. 293-294.

Ibarra, J.T., & C.B. Anderson. 2014. American mink (Neovison vison): impact of an invasive carnivore on birds in one of the most “pristine” zones of the planet. In Rozzi, R. & J.E. Jiménez (Eds.) Magellanic sub-Antarctic ornithology: first decade of long-term studies at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park, Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, Chile. Ediciones de la Universidad de Magallanes, Chile & University of North Texas Press, U.S.A. pp. 235-237.

Rozzi, R. F. Massardo, J. Ojeda, K. Moses, T. Contador & J.T. Ibarra. 2013. Field environmental philosophy: integrating ecological sciences and ethics into biocultural education, research, and conservation. In Rozzi, R., S.T.A. Pickett, C. Palmer, J.J. Armesto & J.B. Callicott (Eds.) Linking ecology and ethics for a changing world: values, philosophy, and action. Springer, Berlin, Germany. pp. 367-371.

Ibarra, J.T., A. Barreau, & T.A. Altamirano. 2013. Sobre plumas y folclore: presencia de las aves en refranes populares de Chile (On feathers and folklore: presence of birds on popular proverbs of Chile). Boletín Chileno de Ornitología 19(1-2): 12-22.

Ibarra, J.T., A. Barreau, F. Massardo, & R. Rozzi. 2012. El cóndor andino: una especie biocultural clave del paisaje Sudamericano (The Andean condor: a biocultural keystone species of the South American landscape). Boletin Chileno de Ornitología 18(1-2):1-22       pdf

Altamirano, T.A., J.T. Ibarra, F. Hernández, I. Rojas, J. Laker & C. Bonacic. 2012. Hábitos de nidificación de las aves del bosque templado andino de Chile (Nesting habits of birds of the Andean temperate forests of Chile). Fondo de Protección Ambiental, Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, Serie Fauna Australis, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile. 113 pp. ISBN: 978-956-345-582-3.

Ibarra, J.T., N. Gálvez, A. Gimona, T.A. Altamirano, I. Rojas, A. Hester, J. Laker & C. Bonacic. 2012. Rufous-legged owl (Strix rufipes) and austral pygmy-owl (Glaucidium nanum) stand use in a gradient of disrupted and old growth Andean temperate forests, Chile. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 47(1): 33-40.       pdf

Altamirano, T.A., J.T. Ibarra, K. Martin & C. Bonacic. 2012. Árboles viejos y muertos en pie: un recurso vital para la fauna del bosque templado de Chile. La Chiricoca 15: 10-15.

Ibarra, J.T., A. Barreau, C. del Campo, C. Camacho, G.J. Martin & S. McCandless. 2011. When formal and market-based conservation mechanisms disrupt food sovereignty: impacts of community conservation and payments for environmental services on an indigenous community of Oaxaca, Mexico. The International Forestry Review 13(3): 318-337.

Ibarra, J.T., C. del Campo, A. Barreau, A. Medinaceli, C. Camacho, R. Puri & G.J. Martin. 2011. Etnoecología chinanteca: conocimiento, práctica y creencias sobre fauna y cacería en un área de conservación comunitaria de La Chinantla, Oaxaca, México. Etnobiología 9: 37-59.

Schüttler, E., J.T. Ibarra, B. Gruber, R. Rozzi & K. Jax. 2010. Abundance and habitat preferences of the southernmost population of mink: implications for managing a recent island invasion. Biodiversity and Conservation 19(3): 725-743.

Ibarra, J.T., T.A. Altamirano, N. Gálvez, I. Rojas, J. Laker & C. Bonacic. 2010. Avifauna de los bosques templados de Araucaria araucana del sur de Chile. Ecología Austral 20(1): 33-45.

Ossa, G., J.T. Ibarra, K. Barboza, F. Hernández, N. Gálvez, J. Laker & C. Bonacic. 2010. Analysis of the echolocation calls and morphometry of a population of Myotis chiloensis (Waterhouse, 1838) from the southern Chilean temperate forests. Ciencia e Investigación Agraria 37(2): 131-139.

Ibarra, J.T., E. Schüttler, S.M. McGehee & R. Rozzi. 2010. Tamaño de puesta, sitios de nidificación y éxito reproductivo del Caiquén (Chloephaga picta Gmelin, 1789) en la Reserva de Biosfera Cabo de Hornos, Chile. Anales del Instituto de la Patagonia 38(1): 73-82.

Ibarra, J.T., C.B. Anderson, T.A. Altamirano, R. Rozzi & C. Bonacic. 2010. Diversity and singularity of the avifauna in the austral peat bogs of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Ciencia e Investigación Agraria 37(1): 29-43.

Bonacic, C., & J.T. Ibarra. 2010. Fauna Andina: historia natural y conservación. Serie Fauna Australis, Facultad de Agronomía e Ingeniería Forestal, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. División Andina, CODELCO. Santiago, Chile. 192 pp. ISBN: 978-956-319-940-6.

Arango, X., R. Rozzi, F. Massardo & J.T. Ibarra. 2010. Biocultural conservation in Cape Horn: the magellanic woodpecker as a charismatic species. En Frodeman, R., J. Thompson Klein, & C. Mitcham (Eds.) Oxford handbook of interdisciplinary. Oxford University Press. Oxford, U.K. Pp. 499-500.

Ibarra, J.T., & C. Bonacic. 2010. Creando hábitat para la biodiversidad: Flora y fauna en tu jardín. En Roa, M., & C. Bonacic (Eds.) Calera de Tango: reserva de vida. Serie Fauna Australis, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile e Ilustre Municipalidad de Calera de Tango. Santiago, Chile. pp. 124-127.

Altamirano, T.A., & J.T. Ibarra. 2010. Aves: Historia natural. En Roa, M., & C. Bonacic (Eds.) Calera de Tango: reserva de vida. Serie Fauna Australis, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile e Ilustre Municipalidad de Calera de Tango. Santiago, Chile. pp. 76-84.

Bonacic, C., & J.T. Ibarra. 2010. Cerros Chena y Lonquén: Servicios ecosistémicos y el valor de su conservación. En Roa, M., & C. Bonacic (Eds.) Calera de Tango: reserva de vida. Serie Fauna Australis, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile e Ilustre Municipalidad de Calera de Tango. Santiago, Chile. pp. 96-97.

Ibarra, J.T., L. Fasola, D.W. Macdonald, R. Rozzi & C. Bonacic. 2009. Invasive American mink Mustela vison in wetlands of the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve, southern Chile: what are they eating? Oryx 43(1): 87-90.

Ibarra, J.T., R. Rozzi, H. Gilabert, C.B. Anderson, S.M. McGehee & C. Bonacic. 2009. Dinámica estacional y patrones de distribución de la avifauna asociada a humedales subantárticos de la Reserva de Biosfera Cabo de Hornos (54-55ºS), Chile. Ornitología Neotropical 20(3): 321-337.

Arango, X., R. Rozzi, F. Massardo, C.B. Anderson & J.T. Ibarra. 2007. Descubrimiento e Implementación del pájaro carpintero gigante (Campephilus magellanicus) como especie carismática: una aproximación biocultural para la conservación en la Reserva de Biosfera Cabo de Hornos. Magallania 35(2): 71-88.

Ibarra, J.T., X. Arango, M. Gañan & R. Rozzi. 2007. Hábitats y habitantes de la cuenca del río Róbalo en el fin del mundo. Fondo de Protección Ambiental, Ministerio del Medio Ambiente. Santiago, Chile. 71 pp. ISBN: 978-956-319-061-8.



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