Armando Alberto Aispuro, a Delaware State University graduate student in natural resources, won first place for his oral presentation at a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration competition.

Armando Alberto Aispuro, a Delaware State University graduate student in natural resources, won first place for his oral presentation at a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration competition.

Aispuro gave his winning presentation at the eighth Biennial Education and Science Forum in New York City sponsored by NOAA’s Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions.

The title of Aispuro’s research presentation was “The Role of Apalachicola Barrier Island Ecosystems in Supporting Migratory Passerine Concentration Sites.” The graduate student’s research involved the study of songbird migration in connection with St. Vincent Island and Cape St. George Island, both located off the panhandle coast of Florida.

Aispuro studied the role that the island plays in providing a place where the birds can find rest after their flight. He also did a similar study relating the songbirds’ stopover on St. George Island, a smaller barrier island east of St. Vincent.

To understand how the birds are using barrier island stopover sites, Aispuro designed and built a breath chamber to capture the birds' respiration, which provides information about their diet and habitat choices.

Aispuro, of Santa Barbara, California, said after he completes his master’s degree, he hopes to land a job with either a nonprofit or government agency in the area of conservation biology.