Researcher in Azores wins National Geographic scholarship

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Health & Environment, Islands · 12-05-2021 17:24:00 · 0 Comments

Marine biologist Miriam Cuesta has been awarded with an Early Career Grant from the National Geographic Society, in a project that will study, for a year, the nocturnal behaviour of the young cagarros (Scopoli’s shearwater) in Faial, Azores

The 32-year-old Spanish researcher, resident in Horta, Faial island, since 2016, "will film with infrared video cameras the excursions of the hatchlings" of cagarros "during the months before the definitive exit of the nests," according to a press release issued by the University of the Azores.

"The project begins on 15 May and the fieldwork will take place from July to November, when the chicks are in the nests," the note adds.

"Like many other seabirds, the cagarro chicks leave their nests at night to exercise their wings and smooth their feathers. This period of development of the chicks is still little known" so the researcher "will film with infrared video cameras" the "excursions" of the chicks during the months before they leave the nest", she explains.

Quoted in the note, the marine biologist stresses that "this knowledge will be important for planning future conservation campaigns, increasing public awareness of seabirds and contributing new data to the scientific community."

Miriam Cuesta, worked between 2016 and 2019 as an intern and senior technician in the Seabirds group of Okeanos-UAç (a research centre of the University of the Azores dedicated to the study of marine living resources in the Azores archipelago) and in the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries of UAç.

In 2020 Miriam Cuesta finished her master's degree in Integrated Ocean Studies at the University of the Azores, having received the medal of academic merit 2019/2020.

She is currently an eventual collaborator of the Okeanos centre.



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