Understanding functional diversity within human-modified ecosystems
Disturbance | Community ecology | Pollination
My research focuses on the impact of different drivers of global change on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services. Much of my work has addressed the effect that anthropogenic processes such as selective logging, forest fragmentation, climate change or shifts to agriculture (e.g. coffee or oil palm) have on the interactions between species, especially plant-animal but also plant-plant interactions. Throughout my research career, I have worked in a wide variety of ecosystems, belonging to four different biogeographic realms and five different biomes: Palearctic (temperate broadleaved forests, in Northern Spain, and the Mediterranean, in E Spain), Neotropic (subtropical moist, in austral Chile, and tropical moist, in Brazil), Australasian (tropical, in Australia) and Indo-Malay (tropical moist, in Borneo, and subtropical dry, in India). This experience has provided me with have a global perspective of the threats faced by natural ecosystems across the globe.