Steven Sevillano-Ríos, Ph.D.


Lecturer in Conservation Science and Practice


Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Conservation Science
Cornell University (NY, USA)

M.Sc. in Natural Resources
Cornell University (NY, USA)

Lic. in Biological Science
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru)

A.B. in Biology
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru)


SFS 3800 Conservation Science and Practice
(The School for Field Studies)

SFS 4910 Directed Research
(The School for Field Studies)

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Faculty Profile

I am a Peruvian ecologist with over 12 years of work experience across different Coastal, Andean and Amazonian regions of Peru, as well as a strong commitment with research and the professional development of new environmentalist generations through mentoring, training and teaching. My ecological background is broad, but particularly strong in applied conservation science, tropical ecology, ornithology and the use of modern quantitative ecology to present solutions to social-environmental problems, something that has been my goal for the last 15 years.

My formal training in ecology and conservation science spans from my undergraduate studies in biology in Lima to a doctoral program in conservation science and includes both field and theoretical studies. My undergraduate honors thesis, developed close to my hometown in the High Andes of Huascaran Biosphere Reserve (Ancash, Peru), investigated the effects of Polylepis forest fragmentation on the local bird community and culminated in my first peer reviewed publication in 2011. I then participated in three main research projects in the Amazonian protected areas of Manu National Park, Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja Sonene National Park with Manchester Metropolitan University (Dr. Huw Lloyd and Dr. Stuart Marsden), Oxford University (Dr. Christopher Trisos, Dr. Ben Daly) and Wildlife Conservation Society (Dr. Renzo Piana and M.Sc. Alicia Kuroiwa). During my work as a field coordinator of the Upper Tambopata Project with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), I really started to apply my theoretical knowledge to real-life problems. For three years, I worked towards the development of (1) sustainable practices within coffee farmers (CECOVASA); (2) environmental policies in cooperation with local authorities, civil associations, local communities and stakeholders; (3) developed environmental education program using edutainment (Education + Entertainment) tools and (4) conducted extensive biological inventories in remote and unexplored areas of the Bahuaja Sonene National Park.

At Cornell University, I completed a Master’s degree and a Doctoral degree in Conservation Science, addressing both ecological and practical question that aim to guide conservation actions for the conservation of the Andean bird diversity under a climate change context. All this work has resulted in 13 research articles (7 as first author), 2 theses, 2 book chapters, with more on the way (2 articles in review, 1 in press and 5 in preparation), as part of my commitment with conservation science research and its dissemination.

Finally, I also love to do many other things related to arts and science, including to dance, sing, play the guitar, and sports like soccer or volleyball. I love mountains and nature in general. I really like photography and observing the different details present in nature. I like to cook, especially Peruvian food (estrange right?) and I am ready to try new types of food, especially from the Amazon.

Academics & Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Montane ecology
  • Tropical ecology and conservation
  • Ornithology
  • Conservation biology
  • Ecotourism
  • Climate change
  • Quantitative ecology
  • Environmental education

Professional Activities

    • American Ornithology Society
    • Society for Conservation Biology
    • Society of Tropical Biology
    • Neotropical Ornithological Society
    • Unión de Ornitólogos del Perú
    • CONCYTEC Graduate Research Fellow
    • FULBRIGHT Graduate Research Fellow (2013-2015)


Sevillano-Ríos, C. S., Rodewald D. A. & Morales, L. V. 2019. Alpine birds of South America. Encyclopedia of World’s Biomes. (Eds. Richard Berryman and Gayathri S). Elsevier.
Hernández Flor., Torres Miriam., Sáenz Lisset, Sevillano-Ríos, C. S., Seeholzer Glenn F. and Gustavo Carrasco. 2019. Distribution of Wedge-tailed Grass Finch Emberizoides herbicola in Peru with three new localities. Cotinga 41:52-56
Sevillano‐Rios, C. S., Rodewald, A., & Morales, L.V. (2018) Ecología y conservación de las aves asociadas con Polylepis: ¿qué sabemos de esta comunidad cada vez más vulnerable? Ecología Austral. 28: 1667-7838 (Spanish lang.)
Morales, L.V., Fuentealba, B., Sevillano, C. S., Gómez, I., Segovia-Salcedo C. Renison, D., Green, D., Aucca, C. and Hensen, I. (2018) Oportunidades para acercar la ciencia a la práctica de la restauración de bosques y arbustales de Polylepis. Ecología Austral. 28: 1667-7838 (Spanish lang.)
Morales, L. V., Sevillano‐Rios, C. S., Fick, S. and Young, T. P. (2018) Differential seedling regeneration patterns across forest–grassland ecotones in two tropical treeline species (Polylepis spp.). Austral Ecology. 43: 514-526.
Quispe-Melgar, H., Navarro Romo, W., Ames Martínez, F., Paucar, V. & Sevillano-Rios, C. S. (2018). New distribution records of Anairetes alpinus (Carriker, 1933) (Aves, Tyrannidae), a highly specialized and endangered bird of Polylepis forests in Junín, Peru. Check List. 14. 499-504.
Renison, D., Morales, L.V., Cuyckens, E., Sevillano-Rios, C. S., Cabrera, D. C. (2018) Aportes de la ciencia al conocimiento de la ecología y conservación de los bosques y arbustales de Polylepis: ¿qué hay y que falta? Ecología Austral. 28: 1667-7838 (Spanish lang.)
Sevillano-Rios, C. S. (2017) Breve historia de la ornitología en la Cordillera Blanca, Ancash – Perú: perspectivas dentro de un marco de cambio climático. Revista de Glaciares y Ecosistemas de Montaña 2:87-102. (Spanish lang.)
Sevillano-Rios, C. S. and Rodewald, D. A. (2017). Avian community structure and habitat use of Polylepis forests along an elevation gradient. PeerJ 5:e3220; DOI 10.7717/peerj.322
Sevillano‐Rios, C. S. (2016). Diversity, Ecology, and Conservation of Bird Communities of Polylepis Woodlands in the Northern Andes of Peru. Master Thesis, Cornell University, New York.


29th International Congress for Conservation Biology. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. July. 21th – 25th. 2019.
V Congreso Internacional y VII Congreso Nacional de Investigación Científica (CONINTI -2018). Universidad Nacional “San Luis Gonzaga” de Ica, Peru. Aug. 8th – 11th. 2018. (Spanish)
Chair and organizer of “Estudios de postgrado en el extranjero” panel. XI Congreso Peruano de Ornitología. Iquitos, Loreto, Peru. July. 23th – 28th. 2018. A panel delivered to undergraduate students, where faculty and current graduated students (from/in the US and Europe) talked about graduate studies programs abroad. [Members: Dr. Amanda Rodewald (Cornell University), Dr. Gustavo Bravo (Harvard University), Dr. John Marshall (Field Museum of Natural History), Dr. Bette Loiselle (University of Florida), Dr. Stuart Marsden (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr. Scott Robinson (University of Florida) and six other Ph. D. Peruvian students
XI Congreso Peruano de Ornitología. Iquitos, Loreto, Peru. July. 23th – 28th. 2018. (Spanish)
XI Congreso Peruano de Ornitología. Iquitos, Loreto, Peru. July. 23th – 28th. 2018. (Spanish)
Internacional Symposium of “Bird community turnover and global change along tropical environmental gradients” in the 2018 American Ornithology Society Meeting. Tucson, Arizona, USA. April 7th – 12th. 2018.
Ornithological seminar of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Ithaca, USA. Nov. 14th 2017
28th International Congress for Conservation Biology “Insight for Sustaining Life on Earth”. Cartagena, Colombia. 23-27 July 2017.
IV International Congress of Ecology and Conservation of Polylepis Forest. Jujuy, Argentina. Sept. 5th – 9th. 2016. (Spanish)
IV International Congress of Ecology and Conservation of Polylepis Forest. Jujuy, Argentina. Sept. 5th – 9th. 2016. (Spanish)