Felicity Arengo

When most people think of flamingos, they imagine the delicate pink bird wading in a warm and sunny tropical marsh. Not Felicity Arengo. As a conservation biologist, she has spent over 10 years studying the behaviors and habitats of these unusual birds. She investigates flamingos of the Altiplano of South America--a cold, windy plateau in the Andes Mountains. She also works to protect their wetland habitats.

Hometown: Mohegan Lake, New York
Job: Associate Director, Center for Biodiversity & Conservation
Education: MSc & PhD State University of NY, College of Environmental Science & Forestry
Current Work: Flamingo and wetland research and conservation in the Americas
Research Locations: Andes, Caribbean
Cool Fact: The Andes can be so cold that Felicity has seen flamingos walking on ice!

Image credits: main image, courtesy of AMNH / F. Arengo; Felicity Arengo: courtesy of AMNH / F. Arengo; Felicity Arengo: courtesy of AMNH / F. Arengo.