Dr. Maria Patricia Silva Rodriguez,
Patricia was born in 1964 in Mercedes (Uruguay). She studied biology in the University of Mar del Plata (Argentina), and started her field studies working with lizards in northern Argentina in a project supported by the World Wildlife Fund. Her Ph.D. degree was focused on the study of reproductive and foraging ecology of Kelp Gulls in Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic environments.
She worked in these southern latitudes since 1991, being included in twelve Antarctic Research Expeditions and spending more than thirty-six months in these remote regions. She has more than fifty scientific papers and works submitted to International Conferences, in relation with the biology of several Antarctic seabird species like penguins, petrels, Antarctic shags and Kelp Gulls. During the 90’s she obtained two postgraduate scholarships, one of them to study the eco-physiology of Antarctic invertebrates in the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany), and the other dealing with her Ph.D. studies. Her Antarctic activity was not only restricted to scientific research. She also visited Antarctic and Arctic regions while lecturing onboard tourist vessels as naturalist expert and artist.
Since 2000, she also worked onboard expedition vessels in other parts of the world like Africa, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the South Pacific and South America as Cruise Director, Tour Manager and lecturer. Art and birds are her first love, and Patricia’s creations include wildlife from the most remote areas in the globe. Patricia is working in collaboration with her husband in conservation projects to improve the conservation status of albatrosses and petrels interacting with fisheries in the Southern Ocean.