Why the Chilean Mediterranean ecosystem?
The conservation of this habitat is important not only for wineries that depend on the provision of ecosystem services that sustain production and wine quality, but also for successful climate change adaptation of local communities.
What drives your research?
I am interested in the relationship between humans and the environment from an ecological perspective. My research has been continuously centered in the effects of habitat fragmentation on both species (beetles and birds) and ecosystem functions (water and nitrogen cycling). I have enjoyed working for more than 10 years on Fray Jorge National Park, a fragmented cloud forest immersed in a semi desert area, and other incredible places of the center-north of Chile. Recently, I have shifted from working on these semi pristine areas into highly dynamic and human dominated ecosystems such as cities and agro ecosystems.