Laura Salazar

Laura Salazar
Universidad Regional Amazónica IKIAM

PhD

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October 2016 - July 2019
Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica
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Publications (23)
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INTRODUCCIÓN. El avance de la frontera agrícola junto con la expansión urbana contribuyen al cambio de Uso de la Tierra y se constituyen como una amenaza para los bosques montanos catalogados como ecosistemas frágiles a nivel tropical. OBJETIVO. La presente investigación caracteriza un fragmento de bosque montano alto, ubicado en los espacios periu...
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This data paper summarizes the data of a first survey of terrestrial ferns at Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve, an Ecuadorian Chocó forest relict, one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. We established 10 permanent plots of 400 m² distributed in two elevational levels (800 and 1000 m a.s.l.) to register all species per plot and the abundance per...
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The unique characteristics of a city amplify the impacts of climate change; therefore, urban planning in the 21st century is challenged to apply mitigation and adaptation strategies that ensure the collective well-being. Despite advances in monitoring urban environmental change, research on the application of adaptation-oriented criteria remains a...
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The development of criteria and indicators to quantify the transition to sustainability of the urban socio-ecological systems quality is determinant for planning policies and the 21st century urban agenda. This study models the spatial variation in the concentration and distribution of some macronutrients, micronutrients, and trace nutrients in the...
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Much attention has been directed to understandingspecies richness patterns, but adding an evolutionary perspectiveallows us to also considerthe historical processes determining current diversity patterns. We analyzedphylogenetic patternsof fern species assemblagesin 868 plots along a wide rangeof elevational (0-4000 m) and latitudinal (0°-23°N) gra...
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Este editorial resume los 10 años de historia y los principales logros del Centro de Investigación de la Biodiversidad y Cambio Climático (BioCamb), de la Universidad Tecnológica Indoamérica. El BioCamb fue creado el 15 de julio del 2011, en respuesta a la necesidad de conocer la diversidad biológica del Ecuador, incluyendo su interrelación con el...
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The COVID-19 crisis has generated considerable research efforts in all areas of knowledge, including the area of business and management. This article aimed to describe the body of knowledge generated on COVID-19 regarding business and management to generate the basis for future research. The present study identified 1,751 relevant articles in the...
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Background: Leaf functional traits (LFT) influence resource acquisition and are important for understanding ecosystem processes. Climate and land use are key filters of community composition and LFT, however how the relative importance of these filters changes with elevation has been little studied in the Andes. Aims: To gain insight into the funct...
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This manuscript presents the results of field research aimed to identify the perceptions that condition the urban imaginaries addressing the green spaces in Quito, Ecuador. Two focus groups were carried out with experts in designing green spaces. The results were evaluated through discourse analysis, applying the dialectical hermeneutical method, t...
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Several efforts have been made to understand nutrient ecology worldwide. However, Ca and Mg have received less attention, despite their function in important biological processes of plants, such us growth and photosynthesis. Few studies focus on fern nutrient ecology of foliar Ca and Mg. Moreover, none has investigated the variation of these elemen...
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Functional traits determine how species interact with their abiotic and biotic environment. In turn, functional diversity describes how assemblages of species as a whole are adapted to their environment, which also determines how they might react to changing conditions. To fully understand functional diversity, it is fundamental to (a) disentangle...
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INTRODUCCIÓN. El Ecuador es uno de los países más biodiversos del mundo por lo que el estudio de su diversidad es de prioridad mundial. El 16 de marzo de 2020 el gobierno ecuatoriano decretó el estado de excepción, restricción de movilidad, suspensión de la jornada laboral y cierre de fronteras en el territorio nacional como medidas de protección y...
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Este libro amplía el conocimiento dirigido a la planificación y manejo de socio-ecosistemas urbanos, con un estudio de caso específico: Quito. Analiza su realidad territorial considerando dinámicas entre gradientes y procesos de expansión urbana, además presenta un catálogo preliminar de árboles urbanos con información útil para el ciudadano o prof...
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La reproducción, es un proceso cíclico con ritmo fisiológico muy vinculado a condiciones ambientales apropiadas para su desarrollo. En la Amazonía ecuatoriana, no ha existido un abordaje sistemático, por lo que existe un vacío tanto en conocer los detalles básicos de estos procesos de adaptación al cautiverio, el objetivo de esta investigación fue...
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Los programas de domesticación de la ictiofauna amazónica en Ecuador son iniciativas muy recientes, así se ha emprendido iniciativas con potencial comercial de consumo local e internacional como el cultivo de Arapaima gigas (paiche o pirarucú), establecida en primera instancia con alevines provenientes casi exclusivamente de la naturaleza. Ésta pro...
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Aim: To disentangle the influence of environmental factors at different spatial grains (regional and local) on fern and lycophyte species richness and ask how regional and plot-level richness are related to each other. Location: Global. Time period: Present. Major Taxa studied: Ferns and lycophytes. Methods: We explored fern and lycophyte species r...
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1. The species richness-productivity relationship (SRPR), by which the species richness of habitats or ecosystems is related to the productivity of the ecosystem or the taxon, has been documented both on regional and local scales, but its generality, biological meaning, and underlying mechanisms remain debated.2. We evaluated the SRPR and 3 mechani...
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Mycorrhizal fungi are crucial for the ecological success of land plants, providing their hosts with nutrients in exchange for organic C. However, not all plants are mycorrhizal, especially ferns, of which about one-third of the species lack this symbiosis. Because the mycorrhizal status is evolutionarily ancestral, this lack of mycorrhizae must hav...
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Background: Biodiversity is perceived to decline from lowlands towards mountain peaks and away from the Equator towards the Poles, but supporting data for most groups of organisms are lacking, especially at the local scale. Aims: Elevational gradients of fern species richness in tropical forest habitats were analysed to test the hypotheses that fer...

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This research will focus mainly on the responses of tropical herbaceous plants to changes in temperature and land use, using an Ecuadorian tropical eleveational gradients as an experimental laboratory. The main research objectives include evaluating 1) the ecophysiological response of plant species and communities to variations in environmental temperatura, 2) changes in the distribution of herbaceous plants driven by global warming, 3) the thermal niches of herbaceous plant species and communities at different altitude gradients, and 4) the response of plant species and communities to environmental changes in different types of land use, using foliar functional traits as indicators. The results of this study will be a basis to identify potentially vulnerable plant species and communities to environmental changes, which could facilitate future management processes of tropical ecosystems.
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The main goal of the proposed project is to consolidate a forest plot network as sites for long-term ecological research to investigate diversity and ecosystem functioning in natural and reforested areas along a large environmental gradient in a highly diverse strongly anthropogenic tropical landscape. The main research objectives include evaluating 1) the capacity of reforested areas to recover diversity and ecosystem functioning through reforestation in comparison with natural forests, and 2) how human pressures affect natural forests and reforested areas. Moreover, the sites will be used to develop interdisciplinary research of Ecuadorian and Belgian scientists, and to train undergraduate, MSc and PhD students. The project will enhance the scientific capacity on the areas of biodiversity and ecosystem modelling; and will produce web based tools useful for forest conservation and reforestation practitioners, which can contribute to enhance the socio-economic situation of local landowners.