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Research interests

PhD project: Hummingbirds in transition, effects of ecosystem displacement caused by climate change1

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.

1 Double doctorate project at University of Groningen and  Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico


Síntesis de la investigación sobre el bosque de niebla del centro de Veracruz, revisión de 2015 al 2021

When a forest becomes a city, are hummingbirds enjoying gardens good enough?