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R. (Ricardo) Contreras Osorio

PhD student
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Hummingbirds in transition, effects of ecosystem displacement caused by climate change.

My main interest is to understand how human activities impact bird communities, particularly under a landscape ecology approach. During my PhD, I assess how distribution of hummingbirds and their interacting plants could be modified by warmer climate. It is well known that pollinators play a key role in conserving ecosystemic interactions, however transformation of forests and habitat loss reduce the natural areas where birds and plants interact.

I am studying how birds cope with landscape change using experimental gardens as a way to measure tolerance to perturbed areas. The ultimate goal of my study is to identify key conservation areas at a local level of montane cloud forest, and the hummingbirds living there.

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