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Co-Chairs and Co-Chairs Advisory Board

The two Co-Chairs and the other members of the Board have taken on distinct roles
that reflect their expertise and experience. You are encouraged to contact them with
any relevant information or query.

Peter Garson retired as Director of learning and Teaching in the School of Biology at Newcastle University (UK) in 2013. He has been concerned with research relating to the conservation of pheasants in Asia since 1980. He has supervised PhD students and advised on numerous projects in India, Pakistan, Nepal, China and Indonesia. He was founding Chair of the Pheasant SG in 1993. He co-authored the 1995 and 2000 IUCN Action Plans for Pheasants and has helped to organise several of international symposia on the conservation of Galliformes in Asia.
ILse Storch in the field
Ilse Storch is a wildlife and conservation biologist at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where she heads the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Management. As a researcher and a consultant, she has worked in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Her research interests include wildlife-habitat relationships at various scales. The effects of human activities, such as habitat fragmentation, on individuals, populations and metapopulations are a major focus of her work. Since her PhD work on capercaillie in the Alps, grouse have been her major study species. From 1996-2008, Ilse has chaired the IUCN Grouse Specialist Group, a voluntary network of grouse experts worldwide, that collected information, identified conservation priorities, and promoted grouse research and conservation. In 2000 and 2008, Ilse Storch has published the first and second IUCN Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan for the Grouse. In 2008, Ilse became Co-Chair of the new Galliformes Specialist Group (GSG) together with Peter Garson. She continues to lead the Grouse Group within the GSG

Co-Chairs Advisory Board Members


J. Carroll

Prof John Carroll (USA)
Role: Partridges, Quails & Francolins; North America;
in situ technical training

John is a Professor of Applied Ecology and Director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. Previously he was a professor at the University of Georgia and California University of Pennsylvania, as well as serving as a research scientist at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. For 10 years, he served as Chair of the former Partridge, Quail, and Francolin Specialist Group. He has focused on conservation of endangered and threatened species, gamebird and agriculture issues, and especially conservation issues in a variety Galliformes for much of his career. He has more than 150 scientific publications and recently published a book on quantitative conservation of vertebrates with Mike Conroy. He has advised more than 50 MSc and PhD students.

Dr René Dekker (The Netherlands)
Role: Megapodes
Director of Collections, Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity, René is one of the founder members of the Megapode Specialist Group and co-author of 'The Megapodes'.
Dr Brett Sandercock (USA)
Brett K. Sandercock is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Kansas State University. Dr. Sandercock has over 20 years of field experience working with the population biology of terrestrial vertebrates, and has published 60 peer-reviewed research articles. He is currently Series Editor for Studies in Avian Biology, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal Ecology. Current projects include studies of the effects of wind power development on prairie grouse, and the effects of experimental harvest on survival of ptarmigan.

Dr Alain Hennache (France)
Role: Ex situ conservation
1973 to 2009: 'Maître de Conférences' at the National Museum of Paris Department of Botanical and Zoological Parks. 1979 to 1997: assistant Director in Zoological Park of Clères. Keeping, rearing and exhibit of many birds species. 1997 to 2009: scientific advisor in Zoological Park of Clères.

Luís Fabio Silveira (Brazil)
Role: Cracids, South America
Luís is the Curator of the Bird Collection of the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (MZUSP). His research is focused in systematics, taxonomy, natural history and conservation of Brazilian birds. He has published 90 articles, 12 books and 74 book chapters. He is currently researching Cracids, particularly those threatened with extinction such as the Alagoas Curassow (Pauxi mitu), and Pará Bare-faced Curassow (Crax pinima)


Dr Jeff Thompson (USA)
Jeffrey J. Thompson is originally from the state of New York, USA. He received a B.Sc. in environmental and forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, a M.Sc. in biology from the University of Puerto Rico – Río Pieras and a Ph.D. in forestry and natural resources from the University of Georiga. In 2004 he was a Fulbright student grantee to Argentina where he conducted his doctoral research on the spotted tinamou (Nothura maculosa). He is presently a research scientist in the Grupo Ecología y Gestión Ambiental de la Agro-Biodiversidad, Centro Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA) in Argentina. His research interests are diverse but center around the relationship between wildlife and land use, particularly exploited species, more specifically Neotropical fauna and especially gamebirds. He is particularly dedicated to teaching quantitative ecology to Spanish speaking biologists, having taught classes in Costa Rica and Argentina, and is the co-author of the soon to be released Spanish language book Conservación Cuantitativa de los Vertebrados.
Rahul Kaul
Dr Rahul Kaul (India)
Role : South Asia

Rahul Kaul’s PhD study of the ecology of the Cheer Pheasant was the first on a Himalayan galliform species in India. Since then he has accumulated over 25 years of experience in research, training and conservation of wildlife, predominantly in South Asia, much of it on galliform distributions, ecology and threats. He is presently working as Senior Director at the Wildlife Trust of India in New Delhi, India.
Dr Michèle Loneux (Belgium)
Role : Webmaster

Wildlife biologist and ornithologist from the University of Liège where she has studied passerine migration (1985), she is involved since 1995 in the study and monitoring of the last breeding Black grouse population in Belgium for the Behaviour Biology Unit of the University. Her PHD work (2000) analyzed the influence of climate fluctuations and climate change on various European Black Grouse populations. She attended an International Grouse Symposium for the first time in 1999, organized the first European Black grouse Conference in Liège and joined the Grouse Specialist Group in 2000, and she created the related website in December 2003. She made the lay-out of the latest Grouse Action Plan and the Galliformes Specialist Group website. Belgium has only two Grouse species, both threathened and close to extinction in the country.
Zhang Yanyun
Dr Zhengwang Zhang
Role: China

Zhengwang Zhang is Professor of Zoology at Beijing Normal University, China. His research interests include the ecology and conservation of Chinese pheasants, diversity and distribution patterns of birds along the Bohai Bay and the effects of urbanisation on the birds in Beijing. His recent studies involve several species of Galliformes, including Brown eared-pheasant, Reeves’s pheasant and
Ring-necked pheasant.
portrait Dr Eric Sande (Uganda)


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