Justin Lee

Justin Lee

Chongon Colonche
Ecuador
Fellow Year: 
2014 - 2015
Cohort
6
About Justin Lee

Justin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (VMBS).  His major adviser is Dr. Susan VandeWoude, Professor of Comparative Medicine and Associate Dean of Research, College of VMBS.  The Great Green Macaw is on the brink of extinction in Ecuador.  A successful macaw breeding program led by the nonprofit organization Fundación Jambelí will soon release its first cohort of captive-born birds into the wild.  This CCC Fellowship project will investigate the feasibility of private land stewardship aimed at conserving and restoring macaw habitat surrounding the release site in the Chongon-Colonche region of Ecuador.  This project seeks to better understand landowner attitudes toward conservation, and identify incentives that could be offered by the provincial government to establish the first private-land conservation easement program in Ecuador.