After the eradication of exotic goats on Santiago Island, Galapagos hawks prey deliveries consist mainly of introduced black rats
About the author
Maricruz Jaramillo is an Ecuadorian biologist who undertook her master’s degree at the University of Missouri – Saint Louis in Dr Parker’s lab, doing research on the diet of Galapagos hawks before and after the eradication of a major introduced ungulate. She is interested in the current threats that isolated island communities face and in using ecological and evolutionary approaches to understand the interactions between its organisms and how they influence each other. She is currently a PhD candidate, still in Dr Parker’s lab, studying how blood parasites affect the endemic birds of the archipelago and how disease ecology in Galapagos is relevant to what we know about the disease vulnerability of isolated or naive bird populations.