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Nicolas Fuentes-Allende

Nicolas Fuentes-Allende
Fundación Sudamérica Diversa

PhD in Biological Sciences

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Introduction
PhD Biological Sciences (Durham University), MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (Imperial College London), Engineer in Natural Resources (Universidad de Chile). Founder and President FUNDACIÓN SUDAMERICA DIVERSA. Member of Deer Specialist Group IUCN. Interested in Ecology and Management of Ungulates in South America.
Additional affiliations
January 2016 - present
Durham University
Position
  • PhD Student
October 2014 - October 2015
Imperial College London
Position
  • Master's Student
November 2013 - present
Tarukari
Position
  • Coordinator
Education
March 2009 - April 2011
University of Chile
Field of study
  • Natural Sciences
March 2005 - December 2008
University of Chile
Field of study
  • Natural Sciences

Publications

Publications (9)
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A través de la experiencia de Don Silverio, su perrita Laica y una cría de Taruka (Hippocamelus antisensis), el libro trata los problemas de conservación de la Taruka en Chile y su protección en áreas rurales. //// Through the experiences of Mister Silverio, Laica the dog, and a fawn of Taruka (Hippocamelus antisensis), this book talks about the co...
Article
Protected areas help to decrease human impacts on threatened mammals but do not always include species’ core habitats. Here we focus on the Vulnerable taruka Hippocamelus antisensis near the Atacama Desert, Chile, a population that is mainly threatened by interactions with local human communities. We develop a species distribution model for taruka...
Article
Feral domestic ungulates may compete with the populations of wild herbivores with which they coexist, particularly so in arid regions. The potential competition between wild camelids and feral donkeys at the eastern sector of the Atacama Desert is evaluated in terms of their coincidence or segregation in habitat use and complemented with a comparis...
Thesis
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Actions for managing ungulate populations are widespread and motivated by various reasons. Although their effects are monitored, long-term effect such as those affecting population dynamics, are not commonly evaluated. In this study, I focus on a red deer (Cervus elaphus) population living in the North Block of the Isle of Rum Scotland, which was i...
Technical Report
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Opinion essay for "Boletin Tarukari" (August 2014). Journal distributed online by Tarukari NGO (www.tarukari.cl). The aim of this journal is sharing with people opinions and researches on Conservation of Chilean species. Boletin available here > http://www.tarukari.cl/boletin-tarukari-01/
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The effect of tourist presence in the protected area of Torres del Paine National Park on guanaco’s (Lama guanicoe) behaviour was studied. Behavioural changes in ungulates derived from diverse tourism situations were described and compared, with enphasis in guanacos. When the experimental tourist remained at a 50 metre distance from the guanacos it...

Questions

Questions (7)
Question
Hi,
I will be collecting faeces of a rare ungulate in the Chilean Desert to perform microhistological analysis. This is my first time performing these analyses and I'm not sure how fresh the sample must be for being useful. According to Hinnant and Kothmann (1987) fecal samples must be no older than 72 hours. Nevertheless, this paper is a quite old.
Any advice?
Thank you so much
Hinnant and Kothmann. 1987. Journal of Range Management 41(2):168-171.
Question
Hi all,
I'm just wondering about ebird. Everyone can see this initiative has been very successful gathering together information from different people about the location of bird species. Considering that... why ebird does not include other classes?
I have seen many citizen science projects like emmamal, mammal web, liveandes, etc... that try to follow what ebird does, but I'm not sure if they will be able to have the impact that the first has, well ebird has years working this.
I know it's easier to see birds than other species, but people who work with other classes should have sightings about the species that they work with. So at least we could start gathering that information together, in only ONE project, for both increasing the impact of our research and involving citizens.
so... when ebird will include other classes? why not using same platform for gathering together information about other taxa? By the way I know "naturalist" tries to do that, but I'm not sure if they have the impact of ebird
(I hope a nice discussion will emerge from this)
cheers
nicolas
Question
Hi all,
I hope everyone is fine!
I'm building GAMs using "r" for predicting how environmental factors affect the density of ungulates in a protected area in the South African Savanna. I have built many models, including/excluding different factors, but I only want to consider in my analyses the best of them. Unfortunately I can't obtain an AIC value for each of these models (when I ask for AIC value it says "NA"), so I can't rank them.
I have been looking for another way of ranking them and I found that I could use REML value (Restricted Maximum Likelihood), but I havent found how can I compare them (a model with lower REML is better than another with higher REML? or vice versa?).
Do you konw another "easy way" of discriminate/selecting models for GAMs when the AIC is not shown? or Do you know how to calculate AIC from these GAMs
Thank you so much
I really appreciate your hepl!
regards
Nicolas
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Hi guys,
first of all, thank you for accepting me in the group. I hope you can help me with my question:
I will put a camera trap pointing to a chronometer. When an animal is captured by the camera I need the camera also records the numbers in the chronometer.
Do you know if cameras can record light from electronic devices during night time?
Which one you think would be better?: LED or LCD light?
I will really appreciate your help.
Thank you for your time
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Working with satellite images is not my area, but I think I will need it. I'm thinking about using these images to follow the state of native vegetation in the gullies of the Highland Desert in Chile. 
I would love to only use Landsat images (because of its spatial resolution), but I will probably need to use eMODIS when the landsat is not available. 
Is it possible to combine them? Is there any correction equation that I should consider?
thank you
Nicolas
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I have found different ways of measuring body size, but not sure which is more correct. Do you have any recommendation?
thank you
regards
Question
Hi all,
I started my PhD this year where I'm studying how hunting, parasites and vegetation influence the local distribution of ungulates. I'm using 2 species of antelopes that use similar niche (grazers) and live in an enclosure of 4600 ha with no natural predators. I would like to collar 10 females per species with gps devices, but I know these devices are expensive and I don't have the budget for buying 20 devices.
I want to get information from 4 locations (early morning, noon, afternoon and evening) per day during a period of 6 months. I also want to take the data from the devices with out capturing the animal (transmission of data to cell phone or other gps or drop-off system?), because  I will not be able to catch the animals again after collaring them.
 Do you know anyone who can give me advice on how to build or where to buy these devices with a limited budget?
I checked Mataki project (http://www.mataki.org) and I contacted people from Blake Allan paper (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277385807_A_cost-effective_and_informative_method_of_GPS_tracking_wildlife ) but I would like to know if you have more ideas.
thank you
regards

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Mapa colaborativo cuyo objetivo es contribuir a la educación y gestión de los perros de vida libre.