Miguel Romero (Education and Research Assistant)
My name is Miguel Romero and I am the son of two Mexican immigrant parents, Miguel Sr. and Sara Romero. Thanks to my dad, I knew at the young age of five that I had a passion for animals and that when I grew up I wanted to help protect them. I received my B.S. in Biology from Cal. State University of Channel Islands (2019). While attending CSUCI I focused on taking all the ecology-based courses I could possibly take with no specific specialization in mind, at least, not just yet.
For my Jr. year as an undergrad I enrolled into my school’s ornithology class and as soon as that course began, I realized that I wanted to dedicate myself to the protection of all birds and their habitats. That same year and for my Sr. year I participated in student research under Dr. Allison Alvarado, the same professor that taught the ornithology course. The research I did with her focused on niche partitioning between Anna’s Hummingbird and Allen’s Hummingbird, as well as the affect it had on the changes to their territorial ranges.
Through my ornithology course, I learned about and came into contact with the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. On my first visit to the foundation in 2017 I made sure to introduce myself to Dr. Hall and tell her that I to would one day like to be an ornithologist. Come Fall 2019, I officially became a staff member at the Western Foundation. The first main type of work I do is Educational Assistant, where I help give insight about the foundation and what it means for us to be an educational institute to visiting school classes ranging from grade school through university level. The second main type of work I do is Field Assistant where I help Dr. Hall conduct field research with some of the projects the Foundation works on. In the spring 2020 field season, I had the opportunity to coordinate our annual Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area bird monitoring research project. All I can say is that I look forward to what my future here at the Western Foundation has in store for me.