Luiz Mestre is interested in Bird Ecology and Conservation Biology and their applications in large scale analysis. At SDSU, his research focused on bird community’s responses of fire and fragmentation in the Brazilian Amazon. Other interests include remote sensing applications toward bird migration, and conservation of Brazilian forests. Luiz holds a Master's degree in Ecology and Natural Resources from the Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil) and has B.Sc. degree from the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil); and has more than 10 years experience in bird and invertebrate ecology in the Amazon and Atlantic Forests. He previously worked in consulting regarding band recaptures of migratory birds to United Nation’s Development Program in Brazilian Environment and Natural Resources Institute (IBAMA). Luiz also worked in large scale/long term projects in Amazonia, such as Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (Smithsonian Institute / INPA), The Project on Biodiversity Value of Primary, Second Growth, and Eucalyptus plantations in Amazon (Museu Goeldi and University of East Anglia), and in Tropical Ecology Assessment and Monitoring Project (National Institute of Amazonian Research – INPA).