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The Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit

The University of Montana

Karolina Fierro - Ph.D. Candidate - Wildlife Biology

Advisor - Tom Martin


Natural Science Building - Room 311

Phone: 406-243-4396




2004 B.Sc. Biology, Universidad del Valle, Cali – Colombia.

I am a Colombian biologist with fieldwork experience in ecology of birds of montane forests. I worked in Fundación EcoAndina / Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Colombia from 2004 to 2006 and for Dr. Thomas Martin’s project on “Geographic variation in avian life history traits and parental care behaviors” in Venezuela from 2006 to 2007.

I am the team leader of the research group “Iniciativa Especies Focales” of the Asociación Calidris in Cali - Colombia. In 2008, we won the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) award to work on conservation of birds in the Western Andes of Colombia. In 2010 we developed the project “Endangered birds of Farallones National Park” sponsored by Rufford Small Grants. This project continues and currently focuses on estimating population densities of Long-wattled Umbrellabird and Baudo Guan in Farallones National Park, Colombia, thanks to awards we earned from the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and the Chicago Zoological Society’s Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund.

This is my first year in the Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana and I am working on my research proposal on how environmental factors determine the distribution of coexisting bird species. I am here supported by the Caldas – Fulbright scholarship.


Natural Sciences Room 205

Missoula, MT 59812