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School of Geography

A. Esquivel Muelbert A. Esquivel Muelbert

Contact details

Room 8.04
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



Project title

Floristic and functional dynamics in tropical forests

Project overview:

The overall aim of my project is to investigate how and why tropical forests are changing internally, in terms of their functional and floristic composition, going beyond general stand-level parameters. The high complexity of these systems hampers the elaboration of clear and testable hypotheses when assessing changes in community structure and their drivers. In my project I will develop a fingerprinting approach that assesses potential atmospheric, climatic and biological drivers of changes and their predicted effects on different levels of organization. I will use macroecological information, from large data networks of forest inventories (i.e. RAINFOR, ATDN) and environmental data, to test for the effect of the main drivers of change through space and time focusing on the Western neotropical forests. Moving from among to within stand analysis on a macro scale will allow provide a better understanding of which are the mechanisms behind the recent changes in tropical forest.


Research affiliation:

  • Ecology and Global Change