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Frank Chapman

In the early 20th century (1911-1915), Frank Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History, led a series of ornithological expeditions that visited 74 localities throughout Colombia, which produced an extraordinary database on the distribution and community composition of the country’s birds. This information has served to document local extinctions that occurred concurrent with landscape transformation during the 20th century, and to identify vulnerable species. However, the potential of this information to address questions about avian ecology, evolution, and conservation on large scales remains to be fully exploited. We intend to resurvey Chapman’s sites to document the current status and past changes of bird assemblages and their habitats throughout the country, and to establish a quantitative, publicly-available database for future assessments and monitoring.

Frank Chapman Illustration
Frank Chapman Illustration

Frank Chapman

In the early 20th century (1911-1915), Frank Chapman of the American Museum of Natural History, led a series of ornithological expeditions that visited 74 localities throughout Colombia, which produced an extraordinary database on the distribution and community composition of the country’s birds. This information has served to document local extinctions that occurred concurrent with landscape transformation during the 20th century, and to identify vulnerable species. However, the potential of this information to address questions about avian ecology, evolution, and conservation on large scales remains to be fully exploited. We intend to resurvey Chapman’s sites to document the current status and past changes of bird assemblages and their habitats throughout the country, and to establish a quantitative, publicly-available database for future assessments and monitoring.

In Memoriam

Dr. Gustavo Kattan

Gustavo was a pioneer of ecological research in Colombia and one of the master minds of the Colombia Resurvey Project. This initiative is a part of his legacy for bird research and conservation.

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Directors

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Dr. Daniel Cadena
Professor
Universidad de Los Andes
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Dr. Andres Cuervo
Professor
Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Project Team

Juliana Soto
Juliana Soto
Resurvey Manager
Instituto Humboldt
Nelsy Nino
Nelsy Niño
Community Relations
Instituto Humboldt
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David Ocampo Rincon MSc.
PhD Student
Princeton University
Felipe Garcia
Dr. Felipe García
Director of Basic Science
Instituto Humboldt
Natalia Ocampo
Dr. Natalia Ocampo
Assistant Professor
University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Camila Gomez
Dr. Camila Gómez
Adjunct Researcher
Instituto Humboldt
Glenn Seeholzer
Dr. Glenn Seeholzer
Associate Researcher
American Museum of Natural History
BrianSmith
Dr. Brian Smith
Associate Curator of Birds
American Museum of Natural History
Andres Sierra
Andrés Sierra
Junior Ornithologist
Instituto Humboldt
JessicaDiaz
Jessica Díaz
Junior Ornithologist
Instituto Humboldt
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Natalia Perez Amaya
Junior Ornithologist
Instituto Humboldt