Sylvia M. de la Parra-Martínez | Field Projects International

Sylvia M. de la Parra-Martínez

Field Course Instructor

Sylvia is a Mexican biologist with her Ph.D. from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Sylvia completed her Ph.D. investigating the resource requirements of the threatened Military Macaw (Ara militaris) along the coast of Jalisco. Her focus is on the ecology and conservation of threatened parrots and neotropical birds. In particular, her research aims to acquire a better understanding of the process of resource selection of habitat, food, and nest-sites by these secondary, cavity-nesting, granivorous, canopy-dwelling tropical birds.

measuring-the-chicks1In 2017, Sylvia was an instructor on the Tropical Ornithology course at Los Amigos Biological Station in Peru, an enriching experience in both the academic and personal spheres. Sylvia will begin postdoctoral research at the University of Guadalajara, exploring a new field of research developing a project about the ecological requirements and the use of resources of some species of Psittacidae in the urban environment of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. 

The methodology used while pursuing both her master´s degree and her Ph.D. has been very audacious, largely because she had to climb trees to get to the parrots’ nests.  In addition, she has spent hundreds of hours in the tropical dry forest using point counts, phenology transects, and habitat characterization to obtain information about the ecology of these parrots. Through all these years, Sylvia has demonstrated her enormous interest and dedication to ornithological research and conservation in Mexico and is a highly committed and conscientious field biologist.



de la Parra-Martínez, S.M., Muñoz-Lacy,L.G., A. Salinas-Melgoza, & K. Renton. (In prep) Optimal diet strategy of a large-bodied psittacine: food resource abundance and nutritional content enable dietary specialization by the Military Macaw. Avian Research. 

de la Parra-Martínez, S.M., K. Renton, A. Salinas-Melgoza and L.G. Muñoz-Lacy. 2015. Tree-cavity availability and selection by a large-bodied secondary cavity-nester: the Military Macaw. Journal of Ornithology 156: 489–498. DOI 10.1007/s10336-014-1150-9

Renton, K., A. Salinas-Melgoza, M.A. De Labra-Hernández and S.M. de la Parra-Martínez. 2015. Resource requirements of parrots: nest-site selectivity and dietary plasticity of Psittaciformes. Journal of Ornithology 156: S73–S90. DOI 10.1007/s10336-015-1255-9

Raúl Ortiz-Pulido, J.L. Alcántara-Carbajal, H. de la Cueva, J. Martínez-Gómez, P. Escalante-Pliego, S.M. de la Parra-Martínez, T.P. Feria-Arroyo and S. Albert. Conservación de aves en México, una instantánea del año 2015. 2015. Huitzil 2: 234-238.  

de la Parra-Martínez, S.M., M.A. De Labra-Hernández and K. Renton. 2016. Requerimientos ecológicos de las aves: un enfoque en psitácidos. Pp 35-62 In F.G. Cupul Magaña (ed). Tópicos sobre ciencias biológicas. Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de la Costa, México.

de la Parra-Martínez, S.M. 2006. Identificación de sitios prioritarios para la conservación de los psitácidos en Cosalá. Pp 169-173. In El Colegio de Sinaloa, L. Cifuentes-Lemus and J. Gaxiola-López (ed). Atlas del Manejo y Conservación de la Biodiversidad y Ecosistemas de Sinaloa. Coordinadores J.L. Cifuentes-Lemus y J. Gaxiola-López.    



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