Robert Alvo is a conservation biologist, bird expert, and author of Being a Bird in North America (BABINA).
Robert first discovered his passion for the natural world at age ten. His family had just moved from Montreal to Greece, and his walk to school took him through the hills of Thessaloniki. His fascination with the birds and other wildlife in the countryside ignited his lifelong study of the natural world.
After high school, Robert returned to Canada to study biology at Queen’s University in Kingston. While working on his Master’s degree at Trent University, Robert examined the effects of acid rain on the Common Loon, and has continued that research for over thirty years. The latest results from this project were published in 2009, reporting on 25 years of research.
Robert Alvo’s professional accomplishments in the field of conservation biology include:
- Founding Canada’s first Conservation Data Centre in 1988.
- As a cooperator of NatureServe, developing the Canadian national conservation status ranks for the birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals of Canada in the late 1990s, and recently for Mexico’s birds.
- Writing and translating numerous species accounts for the provincial atlas The Breeding Birds of Quebec.
- Negotiating land protection deals for Quebec’s arm of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
- Helping to initiate the development of the Canadian National Vegetation Classification.
- Writing eight national (COSEWIC) status reports for the Canadian Wildlife Service.
- Managing Parks Canada’s species database.
Robert Alvo currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario, and is spending the year touring and giving talks on Being a Bird in North America.