Loss of megafauna in the tropics
Megafauna (large animals), are rapidly going exctint
in tropical regions. Animals such as elephants, primates, ungulates
are being hunted for meat, ivory, etc. These animals provide several
ecosystem services to tropical forests, what are the consequences of their
Seed Masting Modeling
Seed masting is the syncronous and periodic production of a large amount of seeds in
plant species. The EU COST Task Group-20 part of
the PROFOUND COST
Action is studying the importance of including masting
in vegetation models.
Amazon vs African forests
In collaboration with Chris Doughty , and other colleagues from Brazil and the USA, I am investigating if the
presence of large animals in African tropical forests contributes to the differences between South American and African rainforests.
Implement fauna in vegetation models
Many of the research questions I am trying to answer rely on vegetation models that have
primarily been developed to study forest dynamics and for forest ecology studies. As the role
that animals play within a forest has not be explicitly implemented in these models, I am interested
in combining knowledge from zoology studies and plant-animal interactions to simulate the role
of animals in influencing vegetation dynamics.
In April 2018 I completed a PhD in Ecology focused on the role of megafauna in tropical forests. Before becoming interested in Ecology
I spent some years in Computer Science where, among others things, I worked on educational and commercial videogames.
My technical skills have allowed me to work across ecosystems and taxa, from African birds at the Field Museum of Naturaly History,
to Greenland fishes at Aarhus University. I also enjoy teaching and have been a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Biology at the University of Washington and an Adjunct Faculty at the City Colleges of Chicago where I taught Computer Science classes.
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