Evan R. Buechley is a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. His research focuses on endangered species conservation, scavenger ecology and movement ecology. Buechley works primarily with raptors and vultures, using cutting-edge tracking technologies to reveal movement patterns of animals across continents. This information is used to investigate species’ basic ecology and ecosystem services, and ultimately helps to inform their conservation.
Buechley's current projects include:
- A research and conservation project in Ethiopia investigating the migrations, habitat use, ecosystem services and threats to seven vulture species
- Various avian movement ecology studies worldwide, including Egyptian and turkey vultures, snail kites and bare-throated bellbirds
- Field research on the endangered Asir magpie of Saudi Arabia
Buechley, E. R. & Şekercioğlu, Ç. H. 2016. The avian scavenger crisis: looming extinctions, trophic cascades, and loss of critical ecosystem functions. Biol. Conserv. 198, 220–228.
Buechley, E. R. et al. 2018. Identifying critical migratory bottlenecks and high-use areas for an endangered migratory soaring bird across three continents. J. Avian Biol. 49, 1–13.
Buechley, E. R. et al. 2019. Global raptor research and conservation priorities: tropical raptors fall prey to knowledge gaps. Divers. Distrib. 1–14.