Research Q & A
What’s your hometown?
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the control of the invasive avian vampire fly (Philornis downsi) in Galapagos. This fly is responsible for the decline of Darwin’s finches populations. This is a conservation effort to protect endangered bird species from possible extinction.
How are you working toward that goal?
I am researching a natural enemy of the fly; the goal is to bring that natural enemy to Galapagos to control the vampire fly (biological control).
Where are you working on research/field work?
Most of my fieldwork research happens in the western forests of Mainland Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands. Also, in a lab behind a computer.
What would be the five song soundtrack to your research work/What five songs do you listen to most while you work?
- “Lost on you” by LP
- “Air” by Sam Dew
- “Fire for you” by Cannons
- “Hey now” by London Grammar
- “Watermelon sugar” by Harry Styles.
Marine iguana enjoying a warm and sunny day at the beach
A curious turtle
Hiking to the highest point in the Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
The iconic Scalesia forest in the Galapagos Islands
Checking a McPhail for the vampire fly
Ismael placing a lure to attract parasitoids to a bird nest in mainland Ecuador