Sese Site is BI’s Administrative and education manager. Located in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Sese has worked with countless international NGOs to build capacity for youth in Central Africa. Sese is coordinating capacity building activities for Biodiversity Initiative, including conservation stakeholder meetings and workshops for African conservationists.
Agustín Ebana is BI’s in-country manager based in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. He is a also a biologist and technician with INDEFOR-AP, Equatorial Guinea’s forestry and protected areas program. Agustin (at left with bird) is managing BI’s effort to inventory the mammals and large birds of Equatorial Guinea’s poorly known mainland protected areas using dozens of remotely placed camera “traps”. Agustin has a Bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial.
Joris Wiethase, MS, is an biological technician for BI. Joris has been working primarily as a bird bander to address two questions: 1) what is the impact of the Ureka road on the birds of Bioko island? and 2) how does the bird community respond to selective logging near Oyala, Equatorial Guinea?. Joris received his Master’s degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he studied the breeding biology of tropical parrots.
Andrew Wiegardt is a Master’s student at Humboldt State University in Northern California. Andrew is working with Jared (his academic advisor), Kristin and Luke to understand how individual birds respond to selective logging near Oyala, Equatorial Guinea. Specifically, he is interested in how stress hormones, feather growth rates and DNA methylation are expressed by rainforest birds in primary vs. secondary forest. Andrew has captured and banded thousands of birds during his experiences at Klamath Bird Observatory and several tropical rainforests.
Emily Southwell, is a Master’s student at Durham University’s Department of Biosciences. She is performing an extensive lab projects in which she uses DNA metabarcoding to understand the diets of birds and bats in Afrotropical cacao plantations. She is collaborating with Luke L. Powell and Andreanna Welch.
Megan Critchley, is a quantitative Master’s student at The University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine. Megan is working to understand the complex dynamics among birds, bats, arthropods and plants in Afrotropical cacao plantations. She will be developing a Bayesian population model in collaboration with Luke L. Powell and Jason Matthiopoulos.