Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Wilmington


Dr. James “Jamie” Rotenberg is an associate professor of tropical environmental ecology in the Department of Environmental Studies at UNCW and the department’s Graduate Program Coordinator. His research interests include studying birds as environmental indicators of habitat change and conservation. In addition, his research explores avian habitat selection and foraging behaviors, as well as human dimensions of environmental studies, studying people and their environment. As a Fulbright Scholar to Guatemala in 1997, he has conducted avian monitoring and research projects in Guatemala, the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and now in Belize. He lived in Rio Dulce, Guatemala for two and a half years, studying birds for his doctorate, and Mexico for two years as a post-doctoral fellow and the Science Director of the El Eden Ecological Reserve. He was a member of the original scientific team that rediscovered wild Harpy Eagles in Belize, and is currently the principle investigator for avian research at the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE). He, along with Jacob Marlin, initiated the “Integrated Community-Based Harpy Eagle and Avian Conservation Program for the Maya Mountains Massif” in 2006. Since then, Rotenberg has developed significant collaborations to enrich the project including: The Institute for Bird Populations in California, BioDiversity Research Institute in Maine, York University in Canada, and the University of California San Diego’s Center for Interdisciplinary Science For Art, Architecture and Archaeology, Qualcomm Institute.


Marlin, J.A. & Rotenberg, J.A. (2007). An integrated community-based harpy eagle and avian conservation program for the Maya Mountains Massif.

McKinnon, E.A., Rotenberg, J.A., & Stutchbury, B.J.M. (2015). Seasonal change in tropical habitat quality and body condition for a declining migratory songbird. Oecologia.

Rotenberg, J.A., Marlin, J., Meacham, S, & Tolfree, S. (2007). An Integrated Community-based Harpy Eagle and Avian Conservation Program for the Maya Mountains Massif, Belize. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference: Tundra to Tropics, (pp. 493-507).

Rotenberg, J.A., Marlin, J.A., Pop, L & Garcia, W. (2012). First record of a harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) nest in Belize. Journal of Ornithology, 124(2): 292-297.