Mammals play key roles in ecosystems through grazing, predation, seed dispersal, and many other ecological processes. They aid in forest regeneration and maintain the functionality of natural systems. Despite their importance, we still have a long way to go in our understanding of their biology, their relationships with ecosystems, and how these respond in a new world dominated by anthropogenic pressures.
I am particularly interested in the study of mammal-environment interactions and how these are affected by anthropogenic disturbance. My main focus is the study of key-functional mammal species, and their response to disturbance, as a key to effectively design dynamic conservation strategies that conserve the ecological processes that maintain healthy and functional ecosystems.
I am a biologist with a background in mammal ecology and conservation. I come from a megadiverse Latin American country that has lost almost 60% of its forests in the last 50 years. This environmental reality in which I grew up in was the main force that shaped my research interests.
My previous research involves projects related to the health and habitat use of the jaguar Panthera onca, Analysis of the conservation status of protected areas using bats as bioindicators, and Effects of poaching on mammal abundances and consequences on seedling herbivory and trampling.