Dr. Alvarez began his PhD research by organizing an international team to evaluate the conservation status of the Harpy Eagle.
Located and documented the first Harpy Eagle nest in Venezuela.
Introduce the use of the Global Position System (GPS) into field biology, which at the time, was rare for research and conservation usage.
We tagged the first Harpy Eagle with a satellite transmitter in 1992—the first such application of this technology in Latin America. This tool, along with GPS and GIS applications, were initially perceived as unnecessary and costly frills, but have since become mainstream applications in field biology.
EarthMatters.org was established in 1998 to coordinate a continental program focused on finding, monitoring, and protecting the wild populations of Harpy Eagles and other Neotropical raptors.
Launched by Earthmatters.org, the Harpy Eagle Conservation Program has established, supported, and cooperated with a handful of field projects in Central and South America (primarily Venezuela and Panama, but also Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil). Our international team continually adapts cutting edge technology to collect, store, and analyze information about the eagles and their environment.
By the end of 2005, we had verified more than 50 Harpy Eagle nest location in Venezuela and more that 20 in Panama.
Our monitoring efforts have expanded to a handful of countries with new projects. For example, our initiative with in the Madre de Dios region of Peru with located and mapped over 20 Harpy Eagle nests, six Crested Eagle nests, and a handful of nests of other forest eagles.