STUDYING FOREST MAMMALS ACROSS LANDSCAPE MOSAICS 

 

In a world where forests are fragmented and impacted by human pressure, wildlife species are declining and suffering local extinction. However, reforestation projects are one way to restore connectivity between ecosystems and avoid colossal cascading effects.

Reforested areas are assumed to provide wildlife with enough resources; however, the degree by which forest mammals are using these "new habitats" as niche and/or corridors remains unclear. Therefore, my research focuses in understanding how forest mammals use reforested areas by studying (1) community composition in reforested areas vs natural forests; (2) foraging behavioral responses; (3) wildlife movements and dispersal patterns; and (4) the degree of wildlife gene flow across landscape mosaics.

Since 2017, I am working in the Meg Crofoot Lab as a Ph.D. Student in the Animal Behavior Grad Group at UC-Davis, and my research is base at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in Panama.