Ernesto Ruelas Inzunza
Professor and Research Scientist
Universidad Veracruzana
Instituto de Biotecnología y Ecología Aplicada

Ernesto has broad interests in bird ecology and biodiversity conservation. Most of his research has been focused on bird population ecology: migration, structure and organization of bird communities, distribution, frugivory, contamination, ecomorphology, habitat use, and demographic change. He has been studying raptor and large soaring-bird migration along the Gulf of Mexico coastal plain for over 25 years. These studies have yielded very interesting results: Central Veracruz, the place where he lives and has done most of his work, is the most important flyway for migratory raptors in the world. There, Ernesto and his team have collected systematic data to understand ecology and population change of many species at a continental scale, including Turkey Vultures, Mississippi Kites, Broad-winged Hawks, and Swainson’s Hawks. In the conservation world, Ernesto founded Pronatura Veracruz, now the largest non-profit organization protecting and restoring biodiversity in the Gulf Coast of Mexico. For several years he led rapid inventories for the Field Museum of Natural History in the western Amazon, collecting biological and social data to promote their protection. Ernesto has taught biology and ecology courses in the United States, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico. He has published the results of his work in technical and lay audience papers and books, and has been an active member of committees and professional societies such as the AOU, COS, WOS, NOS, and Cipamex, over the years. In 2006, he co-chaired the local committee of the IV North American Ornithological Conference in Veracruz, Mexico. He is a professor and research scientist at the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico.

B.S. (Biology and Terrestrial Ecology) Universidad Veracruzana
Ph.D. (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) University of Missouri–Columbia