Felicity Arengo

Felicity Arengo, Associate Director

Associate Director


  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, M.Sc., 1994
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Ph.D., 1997

Research Interests

Dr. Felicity Arengo is Associate Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation where she helps oversee strategic planning, project development and administration, and fundraising efforts. Felicity has twenty years of field research and project management experience in Latin America and is currently the Americas coordinator of the IUCN Flamingo Specialist Group. In South America, she is working with partners monitoring flamingo populations and habitat connectivity to develop and implement a long-term regional conservation strategy that will ensure conservation of wetland systems. She is also co-leading a study at Palmyra Atoll in the Central Pacific, focused on a previously unstudied population of green sea turtles, using innovative technology to study population dynamics, health, and connectivity across the Pacific. Dr. Arengo is an Adjunct Research Scientist at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. 


Field Journal: 2015 Flamingo expedition (series of 5 blog posts)

Research Post: 2017 Flamingo expedition

Research Post: 2018 Flamingo expedition

Meet the OLogist: Felicity Arrengo


  • Arengo F, Porzecanski AL, Blair M, Amato G, Filardi C, Sterling EJ. 2017. The essential role of museums in wildlife conservation. Pages 82-100. In E Dorfman ed., The Future of Natural History Museums (ICOM Advances in Museum Research), 1st Edition. Rutledge, New York and London.
  • Arengo F, Galicia E. 2016. Flamingos and ecotourism, p. 227-241. In Anderson MJ [ed.], Flamingos: Behavior, biology, and relationship with humans. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA.
  • Arengo F. 2016. Phoenicoparrus andinus, p.108-109. In Ferrazzini, S., Une vie consacrée aux oiseaux: Alan Roy Johnson 1941-2014. Tour du Valat, Arles, France, 167 pp.
  • Arengo F. 2003. Flamingos, p. 171-174. In Mittermeier RA, Robles Gil P, Mittermeier CG, Brooks T, Hoffman M, Konstant WR, da Fonseca GAB, and Mast RB, Wildlife Spectacles. CEMEX-Agrupacion Sierra Madre-Conservation International, Mexico, 324 pp. 
  • Arengo F, Baldassarre GA. 2002. Patch choice and foraging behavior on nonbreeding American Flamingos in Yucatán, Mexico. Condor 104:452-457. 
  • Arengo F, Baldassarre GA. 1999. Resource variability and conservation of American Flamingos in coastal wetlands of Yucatán, Mexico. Journal of Wildlife Management 63:1201-1212. 
  • Arengo F, Baldassarre GA. 1998. Potential food availability and flamingo use of commercial salt impoundments in the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Mexico. Colonial Waterbirds 21:211-221. 
  • Arengo F, Baldassarre GA. 1995. Effects of food density on the behavior and distribution of nonbreeding American Flamingos in Yucatan, Mexico. Condor 97:325-334 
  • Arengo F, Baldassarre GA. 1995. American flamingos and ecotourism on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, p. 207-210. In Bissonette JA,  Krausman PR [eds.], Integrating people and wildlife for a sustainable future. Proceedings of the first International Wildlife Management Congress. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, MD, USA. 
  • Baldassarre GA, Arengo F. 2000. A review of the ecology and conservation of Caribbean Flamingos in Yucatán, Mexico. Conservation Biology of Flamingos. Waterbirds 23 (Special Publication 1): 71-79. 
  • Baldassarre GA, Arengo F, Bildstein K. 2000 [eds.]. 2000. Conservation Biology of Flamingos. Waterbirds 23 (Special Publication 1). 
  • Bildstein KL, Baldassarre GA, Arengo F. 2000. Flamingo Science: Where are we and where do we want to go. Conservation Biology of Flamingos. Waterbirds 23 (Special Publication 1): 206-211 
  • Bynum EL, Sterling EJ, Weeks B, Gómez A, Roosenburg K, Vintinner E, Arengo F, Domroese M, Pearson R. 2009. Emerging Topics in the Study of Life on Earth: Systems Approaches to Biological and Cultural Diversity. Science Education and Civic Engagement 2:1. 
  • Cruz N, Barisón C, Romano M, Arengo F, Derlindati E, Barberis I. 2013. A new record of the Puna Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus jamesi) from Laguna Melincué, a lowland wetland in east-central Argentina. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125(1):217–221. 
  • Derlindati EJ, Romano MC, Cruz NN, Barisón C, Arengo F, Barberis IM. 2014. Seasonal activity patterns and abundance of Andean Flamingos (Phoenicoparrus andinus) at two contrasting wetlands in Argentina. Ornitologia Neotropical 25: 317–331.
  • Lee R, Arengo F, Béchet A (eds.) 2011. Flamingo, Bulletin of the IUCN-SSC/Wetlands International Flamingo Specialist Group, No. 18. Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, UK. 
  • Marconi P, Sureda AL, Arengo F, Aguilar MS, Amado N, Alza L, Rocha O, Torres R, Moschione F, Romano M, Sosa H, Derlindati E. 2011. Fourth simultaneous flamingo census in South America: preliminary results. Flamingo 18: 48-53.
  • Naro-Maciel E, Arengo F, Galante P, Vintinner E, Holmes K, Balazs G, SterlingEJ. 2018. Marine protected areas and migratory species: Residency of green turtles at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific. Endangered Species Research 37: 165-182.
  • Naro-Maciel E, Gaughran SJ, Putman NF, Amato G, Arengo F, Dutton PH, McFadden KW, Vintinner EC, Sterling EJ. 2014. Predicting connectivity of green turtles at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific: A focus on mtDNA and dispersal modeling. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 11(93): 20130888.
  • Romano M, Barberis IM, Pagano F, Marconi P, Arengo F. 2008. Winter monitoring of Andean and Chilean Flamingos in lowland wetlands of central Argentina. Flamingo 16: 45-47.
  • Romano M, Barberis I, Pagano F, Minotti P, Arengo F. 2017. Variaciones anuales (1999-2016) en la abundancia y los patrones de distribución espacial de flamencos andinos y australes en el sitio Ramsar Laguna Melincué, Argentina. El Hornero 32(2). http://www.avesargentinas.org.ar/el-hornero-volumen-32-n%C3%BAmero-2
  • Sterling EJ, Betley E, Gomez A, Sigouin A, Malone C, Arengo F, Blair M, Cullman G, Filardi C, Landrigan K, Roberts K, Porzecanski AL. 2016. Measuring Impact: Stakeholder Engagement for Biodiversity Goals; Assessing the Status of the Evidence. Biodiversity Technical Brief, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC, April 2016.
  • Sterling EJ, Betley E, Sigouin A, Gomez A, Toomey A, Cullman G, Malone C, Pekor A, Arengo F, Blair M, Filardi C, Landrigan K, Porzecanski AL. 2017. Assessing the evidence for stakeholder engagement in biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation. Vol. 209: 159-171. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.02.008
  • Sterling EJ, McFadden K, Holmes K, Vintinner E, Arengo F, Naro-Maciel E. 2013. Ecology and Conservation of Marine Turtles in a Foraging Ground in the Central Pacific. Chelonian Conservation Biology12: 2-16.

Teaching Experience

Faculty Appointments

  • Adjunct Research Scientist, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Courses Taught

Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Modules: 

  • Populations 
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Evolution: Darwin to DNA

Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Dept.

  • Ornithology