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School of Geography

Adriane Esquivel Muelbert Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

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Room 10.14 Garstang
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 33907

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Work in progress

Drivers tree mortality

Tree mortality has shown to be increasing in the Amazon, which could have important consequences to the biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles of this ecosystem. In my current position I aim to understand what is driving this phenomenon. I am using data from the data network to describe temporal and spatial patterns of tree mortality across the Amazon and relate them to variables that might help us to get closer to the main drivers of the increase in tree mortality.


Functional and Floristic dynamics of Amazonian Forests

The dynamics and structure of Amazonian forests have been changing over time. It is still unclear whether these changes are linked to alteration in species composition and which are the drivers behind such alterations. During my PhD (awarded in December 2016) I investigated the dynamics of tree communities over the last 30 years across Amazonia in terms of functional and floristic composition and used this information to distinguish between different potential drivers of changes in forest structure and dynamics detected across the Neotropics. My work integrated data from two large data networks (ATDN and RAINFOR), which included more than 500 monitoring plots and 300,000 individual trees and was supervised by Oliver Phillips and co-supervised by Tim Baker, Simon Lewis and Kyle Dexter. My PhD was part of the ERC-funded T-FORCES project.