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Uncovering the challenges of Neotropical Vultures by Sergio Lambertucci

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Dr. Sergio Lambertucci is a well-known figure in the field of ecology and conservation biology. He focuses on understanding and addressing the environmental challenges caused by human activities on wildlife, with a particular interest in vultures and birds of prey. Hailing from Argentina, Dr Lambertucci takes a central role as one of the Keynote Speakers at the European Vulture Conference 2023. During the conference, he will present a keynote speech titled “Old and new threats for Neotropical vultures: What is happening with the Andean condor and other vultures.” 

Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)

Amid humanity’s unprecedented impact on the natural world, numerous species are facing a rapid decline. Vulture species serve as clear examples—once abundant and widespread, their numbers are now rapidly declining. This alarming trend emphasises the urgent need for thorough ecological studies and monitoring programmes. Dr Lambertucci’s keynote speech puts Neotropical vultures, and particularly condors, in the spotlight, revealing their challenges and the factors driving their decline. 

Demystifying Neotropical Vultures  

In the past, little was known about the behaviours and demographics of Neotropical vultures:  

  • Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus)  
  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  
  • Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus
  • King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa
  • Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus
  • Greater Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes melambrotus

Andean Condor: Understanding ecology and conservation needs 

Through scientific inquiry, Dr Lambertucci will examine the intricate web of human-caused threats affecting Neotropical Vultures, specifically focusing on the iconic Andean Condor, offering fresh ecological insights. During his keynote speech, he will introduce some conservation measures with the potential to reverse population decline. Various challenges—including negative human perceptions that favour their poisoning, changing food sources, pollution, infrastructures and avian flu—paint a gloomy picture for these vultures. 

A global perspective: Uniting conservation strategies  

The echoes of human-caused threats extend beyond local borders. Dr. Lambertucci’s presentation will reveal the interconnectedness of vulture conservation worldwide. Strikingly similar challenges and threats faced by vultures across the globe underscore the need for comprehensive and global conservation strategies. Also, his talk will emphasise the urgency of reevaluating, presenting, and recognising the invaluable contributions that vultures bring to ecosystems and humanity. 

A closer look at the background of Dr. Sergio Lambertucci 

Dr Sergio Lambertucci is a leading researcher in ecology, holding the position of Principal Researcher at CONICET and lecturer at the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Argentina. Leading GrInBiC, the Research Group on Conservation Biology at INIBIOMA, his work encompasses a wide range of species. His research spans from studying animal movement and the impacts of habitat fragmentation, pollutants, and wildlife persecution to exploring human perceptions of wildlife. 

Sergio Lambertucci will be a Keynote speaker the the European Vulture Conference 2023, Sergio with an Andean Condor in the background

His lasting influence is grounded in bridging the gap between science and conservation, and his work shows a dedication to a healthy coexistence between humans and wildlife. He navigates the intricate interplay between human impacts and the natural world, focusing on scientific evidence. His research covers trophic ecology, movement patterns, toxicology, genetics, isotopes, and health studies. Among his primary subjects of study are scavengers, with particular attention given to the Andean condor. 

Dr. Lambertucci’s scholarly endeavours have resulted in over 150 published scientific articles in internationally respected journals. His influence extends beyond publications, as he has guided and mentored over a dozen PhD students. 

Explore Neotropical Vultures further  

For a deeper understanding of Neotropical Vultures and the pressing issues they face, don’t miss the chance to hear directly from Dr Lambertucci and other experts at the European Vulture Conference. 

Register now to secure your spot 

Set to take place in Cáceres, Spain, from 14 to 17 November, the European Vulture Conference 2023 provides a unique opportunity to expand your network, share your work, and learn from leading vulture conservationists and researchers. The event includes presentations, workshops, and poster sessions that offer the latest research and insights into vulture conservation across Europe and beyond. Additionally, side activities will allow you to explore the vulture-rich region of Extremadura, enjoy a cultural visit in Cáceres city centre, partake in a conference dinner, and experience unforgettable field trips. 


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