Chris Sharpe

Chris Sharpe

Chris Sharpe is an editor of HBW Alive and of the Lynx and BirdLife International Field Guides series. Born in Yorkshire, he has lived and worked in Latin America for over 30 years. As an ornithologist, he has carried out bird censuses and rapid assessment programmes in Central and South America, and has organised ornithological expeditions in search of little-known species of conservation concern. He has been a major contributor to national biodiversity country studies, strategies and action plans, global and national Red Lists, and national bird mapping. Chris is the ornithological editor of Venezuela's IUCN Red Data Book (now in its 4th edition) and has researched the conservation status of Latin American bird species at BirdLife International for the most recent IUCN Red List updates. He is a Research Associate of the NGO Provita, a Founder Member of the Venezuelan Ornithologists' Union, and sits on the Venezuelan Bird Records Committee (CRAV-UVO). In 1993, Chris helped launch the Neotropical Bird Club and now administers the Club's Conservation Awards Programme. He has published papers on new records, range extensions and priorities for conservation of Venezuelan birds, and has been an author or co-author of books such as The Conservation Atlas of Tropical Forests: The Americas; Protecting Nature: Regional Reviews of Protected Areas; Protected Areas of the World: A Review of National Systems; Aves in the Libro Rojo de la Fauna Venezolana [Red Data Book of Venezuelan Fauna]; Guía Ecológica de la Gran Sabana [Ecological Guide to the Gran Sabana]; and Manual de Monitoreo del Sistema Nacional de Parques [Manual for Monitoring of the National Parks System]. Apart from his research work, Chris has led over a hundred bird tours in the Americas, from Alaska southwards.