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I am mostly interested in community assembly of tropical forests. Particularly, I am focused in understanding environmental and evolutionary mechanisms shaping plant biodiversity patterns along altitude and latitude. My research uses Andean mountains as study system, although to address certain questions at a broader scales I incorporate worlwide tropical data from colleagues. In my studies I consider taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity and utilize GLMMs and null models.
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A vast literature indicates that environment plays a paramount role in determining floristic composition in tropical forests. However, it remains unclear which are the most important environmental factors and their relative effect across different spatial scales, plant life forms or forest types. This study reviews the state of knowledge on the eff...
Tropical forests are the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth. While better understanding of these forests is critical for our collective future, until quite recently efforts to measure and monitor them have been largely disconnected. Networking is essential to discover the answers to questions that transcend borders and the horizons of...
Many studies have tried to assess the role of both deterministic and stochastic processes in community assembly, yet a lack of consensus exists on which processes are more prevalent and at which spatial scales they operate. To shed light on this issue, we tested two non‐mutually exclusive, scale‐dependent hypotheses: 1) that competitive exclusion d...
Tropical montane forests (TMFs) play an important role as a carbon reservoir at a global scale. However, there is a lack of a comprehensive understanding on the variation in carbon storage across TMF compartments [namely aboveground biomass (AGB), belowground biomass (BGB), and soil organic matter] along altitudinal and environmental gradients and...
Investigate evolutive hypotheses (e.g., Tropical niche Conservatism, Out of the Tropical Lowlands) responsible of plant distribution patterns along Andean slopes
Describe patterns of compund leaves Address whether compound leaves exhibit any ecological advantage in topical forests (e.g., tolerance to drougth or strong winds), rapid growth,) that ultimately drives species distribution patterns