Meet the Team

Project Coordinator
Dr. Clemens Küpper
ckuepper (at)

Clemens received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Bath (UK). After working at Harvard University (USA), University of Sheffield (UK) and University of Graz (Austria), he currently heads Research Group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany. His research interests include the evolution of social behaviors, especially mating and care behavior, genetics and the evolutionary history of shorebirds. He has been studying Snowy Plovers and their relatives all over the world for more than 15 years. He set up the current Snowy Plover project at Bahía de Ceuta.

Ph.D. candidate
Medardo Cruz-Lopéz
tod472 (at)

Medardo graduated of Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa in Culiacán in 2009. Since 2007 he has worked with Snowy Plovers and obtained his masters degree from Centro Tlaxcala de Biología de la Conducta (Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala) investigating the repeatability of mating and parental care behaviour of Snowy Plovers. He currently works on his Ph.D. thesis in the field of conservation genetics at Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, UNAM in Mazatlan. With several years of Snowy Plover fieldwork experience Medardo has led the monitoring program during the breeding season in the past. He is also involved in the Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal (MoSI) program since 2008.

Masters student

Salvador Gómez del Ángel

Salvador graduated from Campus Iztacala, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico where he studied biology. Already during his undergraduate he started working on Snowy Plovers breeding at Lake Texcoco, Mexico D.C.. During this time he witnessed
first hand the controversial destruction of this unique habitat to make way for the extension of the Mexico City Airport  and got interested in conservation of shorebirds and their habitats. Currently, he is studying for his masters degree at Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, UNAM in Mazatlan. For his thesis, he is examining how microhabitat conditions affect the reproductive success of Snowy Plovers at Bahía de Ceuta.  

Scientific Collaborators

Dr. Tamás Székely, University of Bath
Dr. Martín Alejandro Serrano-Meneses, Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala
Dr. Guillermo Fernández, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Mazatlan, Mexico
Dr. Eduardo Palacios, CICESE, Mexico

Fledged from Ceuta and dispersed to other (muddier) shores

Conservation Officer (2007-12)

Lydia Lozano-Angulo

Lydia got her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa in Culiacán. She has worked for the last six years at Bahía de Ceuta initially working in the Sea Turtle Conservation program. In 2007 she joined the Snowy Plover project as a field assistant for two breeding seasons. Lydia is also involved in the MoSI program (Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal) to band migratory passerine birds across the Northwest of Mexico. She is a Co-Funder of Conservación, Investigación y Servicios Ambientales A.C. (CISA A.C.) and works now for Alamo Wildlands.

Graduate research student

David Garcia
Jacome (2013-15)

David is a biologist who graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Puebla. For his masters degree he examined differences of male and female ornamentation of Ceuta Snowy Plovers at Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala.