Darío Fernández-Bellon

e-mail: dfernandezbellon [at] gmail.com // dfernandezbellon [at] ucc.ie
telephone: +353 (0)87 7542973 // +34 679 313576
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My career in a nutshell

After graduating as a Licentiate in Biology at the University of Barcelona (degree equivalent to BSc + non-thesis MSc) in 2005 I began working on in-situ ecological research and conservation projects across the world. This took me to different corners of the globe (Panama, South Africa, Mediterranean Islands, Argentina and the Dominican Republic) working for renowned conservation organizations, universities and research institutes on projects aimed at increasing our understanding of the ecology of a variety of endangered species as well as informing and implementing proper conservation actions for their protection and survival. Most of this work has focused on birds (Cory's Shearwaters, Lapwing, Ant-eating Chats, etc.) and particularly raptors (Harpy Eagles, Ridgway's Hawks, Solitary Crowned Eagles, Merlin, Kestrels, Long-eared Owls, Barn Owls, etc.), but I have also been an active collaborator on several reptile and mammal research projects. In 2012 I completed an MSc at Doñana Biological Station studying the population ecology of Cinereous Vultures in southern Spain. I am currently living in Ireland, where I am a PhD candidate at Cork University College studying the effects of the driving forces of global change on long-term population dynamics of Irish Dippers. I am also involved in several ongoing projects, particularly in research into the ecology of Merlin in Ireland.

Apart from conservation and research, I am also passionate about photography. I see photography as a great tool for generating awareness on the plight of many endangered species and habitats. Many of the images and footage I have obtained over the years have been used to this end, appearing on websites, awareness campaigns, books and television (BBC Wildlife Fund, BirdLife, Arkive, BirdWatch Ireland, Wild Earth Guardians, RTE Television, etc.).

last updated: February 2014