Natalia Mesa-Sierra

Natalia Mesa-Sierra
Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente | ITESO · Centro de Investigacion y Formación Social

PhD of Science, INECOL

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Introduction
I'm a biologist graduated from Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia), completed my master's and doctorate studies at the Institute of Ecology, A.C. (Xalapa, Mexico). From the beginning, my research interests have focused on the degradation processes of seasonally dry tropical forests, considering it is one of the most threatened terrestrial ecosystems worldwide. I has extensive knowledge in biodiversity measurements, tropical dry forest ecology, working with GIS, and evaluating ecosystem services.
Additional affiliations
January 2020 - present
US Forest Service
Position
  • Research Assistant
June 2015 - August 2015
Institute of Ecology INECOL
Position
  • Technician
September 2013 - August 2015
Institute of Ecology INECOL
Position
  • Research Assistant
Education
September 2015 - February 2020
Institute of Ecology INECOL
Field of study
  • Natural capital
September 2011 - September 2013
Institute of Ecology INECOL
Field of study
  • Landscape ecology
June 2005 - March 2011

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Publications (19)
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La producción desenfrenada de alimentos ha llevado a que la relación entre la oferta y la demanda no sea equitativa. Mientras que se desecha aproximadamente 40% de la producción total de alimentos, al mismo tiempo, 690 millones de personas en el mundo están en condiciones de hambruna. La alta tecnificación de los sistemas productivos también ha pr...
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Spatial patterns in resource supply drive variability in vegetation structure and function, yet quantification of this variability for tropical dry forests (TDFs) remains rudimentary. Several climate‐driven indices have been developed to classify and delineate TDFs globally, but there has not been a climo‐edaphic synthesis of these indices to asses...
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β-diversity has been under continuous debate, with a current need to better understand the way in which a new wave of measures work. We assessed the results of 12 incidence-based β-diversity indices. Our results of gradual species composition overlap between paired assemblages considering progressive differences in species richness show that: (i) f...
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Deforestation is the dominant threat to tropical dry forests (TDFs) in Mexico. Its causes include agriculture, tourism, and mining. In some cases, unassisted forest regeneration is sufficient to return diverse forest cover to a site, but in other cases, changes in land use are so severe that active restoration is required to reintroduce tree cover....
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Background Global modeling of carbon storage and sequestration often mischaracterizes unique ecosystems such as the seasonally dry tropical forest of the central region of the Gulf of Mexico, because species diversity is usually underestimated, as is their carbon content. In this study, aboveground and soil carbon stocks were estimated to determine...
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Noviembre 2020-enero 2021 clavigero.iteso.mx 18 núm. Experiencias mexicanas en la restauración de ecosistemas Sociedades que restauran En México, alrededor de 48% del área cubierta por vegetación muestra cierto nivel de degradación y desertificación, lo que hace necesario un trabajo coordinado. 6 y 7 5 Foto: Marinés de la Peña HACIA LA RESTAURACIÓN...
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Resumen: La crisis actual que atravesamos, por cuenta de la pandemia de covid-19, no es la primera que la humanidad ha sufrido, pues ha sido una situación recurrente en los últimos 50 años. La lista de epidemias es larga, aunque es evidente que cada una de las causas se vincula directamente con una relación poco equilibrada y sustentable del hombre...
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Seasonally dry tropical forests are amongst the most threatened ecosystems in the world due to severe and long-lasting anthropic disturbances. In this study, the spatial variation in plant diversity for the seasonally dry tropical region in central Veracruz was assessed at three different scales: among forested vegetation types, within each vegetat...
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Seasonally dry tropical regions in the Neotropics are remarkably biodiverse and provide valuable ecosystem services. Thus, it is crucial to increase and update our information on the biodiversity still preserved within them, particularly in poorly studied areas such as the central coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico, our study area. A total of 558...
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Abstract: The red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus) is one of the Colombian species of primates without a category of threat. In comparison with other species of primates, A. seniculus has a high ecological plasticity, which allows it to occupy more variable environments in terms of habitat size and amount of resources. e tropical dry forests (TDF...
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The pervasive loss of primary forest in the tropics means that we need a better understanding of how transforming tropical landscapes affects plant regeneration if we wish to recover and maintain the diverse composition, structure, and function of tropical forest and landscapes. Advance regeneration (AR) is a crucial stage in forest dynamics; it in...
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Este trabajo tuvo como objetivo identificar y describir la estructura y composición florística de un acahual de 6 ha después de 19 años de regeneración posterior al abandono de un potrero. Para lo cual se compara su vegetación adulta y regeneración de avanzada (RA) con una selva tropical sub-caducifolia bien conservada. Este trabajo se desarrolló e...
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Se presentaron los resultados de restauración ecológica en un potrero con 19 años de abandono. Desde el inicio del abandono se utilizaron como herramientas de restauración las perchas artificiales, así como conservar los 10 árboles que se usaban para sombra del ganado. 19 años después se tiene un bosque secundario con una estructura similar a la se...

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