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Tigran Tadevosyan
Works at Cherokee Services Group/United States Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center
Attended (1998) Armenian Agriculture Academy, School of Veterinary Medicine
Lives in Yigo, Guam
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Very nice talk Jason! I feel I need to learn more about estimating economical value if different ecosystems.
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This map highlights some activity which involves use of heavy machinery, off road driving and digging. Area of disturbance belongs to the Goravan Sands State Sanctuary, which is under the responsibility of the Ministry of the Nature Protection of Armenia. An emergency field survey is necessary to determine the source of this activity.
 
From the map, it is clear that this activity polygon overlaps with the critical habitat supporting Critically Endangered Horvath's Toad Headed Agama (Phrynocephalus persicus horvathi) and Critically Endangered Transcaucasian Racerunner (Eremias pleskei) (see Tadevosyan, 2005-2006). Red quadrats demonstrate locations of squares where P. persicus horvathi and E. pleskei were found in 2005.

Irrelevant of the source of this vehicle activity, unsupervised driving off road vehicles  by untrained personnel within a reptile habitat is known cause of road mortality of reptiles. A number of localized dense accumulation of driving tracks suggests local deep disturbance of the sandy soil, which in its turn has been considered a cause of irreversible habitat destruction for  P. persicus horvathi (Tadevosyan, 2005). Direct killing of reptiles due to unsupervised use of the critical habitat is also highly likely.  

In order to manage this case, we suggest the following list of actions to be undertaken as soon as possible.
1. To find out who is responsible for the activities under consideration. (To me it looks like this can be a military training). 
2. To review and to find out whether this activity has been authorized?  If yes, then what are legal and biological grounds for such an authorization. If authorization exists, it likely contradicts the Law about Animal World and the Low about Especially Protected Areas. Therefore, we advise to review conditions of authorization, or to file a law suit against unauthorized land use. 

If, use is authorized, then conditions of authorization should be reviewed and require implementation of the following mitigation measures: 
1. Consider shifting the disturbance area out of the sanctuary, or reshaping the polygon about 200 m west and narrowing it along private lands. This way the land use will get shifted to the historically used area, already unsuitable for target lizards due to inadequate soil quality.
2. To organise regular training courses for  personnel involved into disturbing activities to educate them about relevant conservation priorities, and mitigation methods they have to apply to protect every single reptile and the habitat being used.
3. Set up and finance a group of trained environmental monitors to assist with training and moving wildlife from harms way during the disturbing activities.
4. Set and exclusion fence if necessary to prevent animals from entering active disturbance areas.
5.Set up a research team to cooperate with monitoring team and evaluate effects of disturbance on the local wildlife and their habitat. 
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Գոռավանի Ավազուտների Ընկերությունը՝ քաղացիական խումբ է: Ընկերության նպատակն է աջակցել Գոռավանի Ավազուտներ Պետական Արգելավայրի տարածքն ու յուրովին կենսաբազմազանությանը պահպանությանն ու հետագա զարգացմանը որպես պահպանվող տարածք: Մենք դիտում ենք Գոռավանի Ավազուտները որպես զարգացման գոտում գտնվող բնական էկոհամակարգի պահպանության շատ հատուկ մոդել, որի բնապահպանական նպատարկների իրականացուման համար անհրաժեշտ է տեղի համանքի, տարածքը օգտագործող անձանց ու ...
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here you go Don
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Scientist, Biologist and Veterinarian
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Amphibian and Reptile Field Survey, Ex situ experiments, Conservation management, Monitoring and Husbandry, Hypothesis testing, Ecological Modeling, Veterinary Medicine, Research Management, Writing, Photography
Employment
  • Cherokee Services Group/United States Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center
    Research Manager, 2014 - present
  • Herpetological Associates
    Herpetologist, Staff Veterinarian, 2014 - 2014
  • West Branch Limited
    Venomous Snake Construction Monitor, 2013 - 2013
  • Caris Life Sciences
    Lab Aid, 2011 - 2013
  • Alliance for Animals Inc.
    Senior Veterinary Technician, 2008 - 2011
  • The Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
    Senior Staff Scientis, 2002 - 2008
  • Institue of Batany, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia
    Junior Staff Scientist, 1998 - 2002
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Yigo, Guam
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Boston, MA - Yerevan, Armenia
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Husband, Dad, Naturalist and Conservationist Forever


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Hace 2 kids, Published Author, Scientist and Enterpreneur.
Education
  • (1998) Armenian Agriculture Academy, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • (2001) National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Post Graduate School
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