Improving projections of trait and population dynamics

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Welcome

I am Maria, a research fellow at the CREAF and research associate at the University of Zurich. I hope this site can give you an idea about me, my research interests, and projects. Please don't hesitate to contact me.

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My research focuses on how intrinsic (density) and extrinsic (environment) factors and individual traits (size or mass) interact to determine population structure and dynamics. Working with long-term data on animal and plant populations, I am particularly interested in how population projections under global change can be improved by accounting for trait dynamics, environmental and spatial patterning, and tradeoffs between survival and reproduction. I am also keen on investigating potential evolutionary consequences of environmental change. 

 

During my PhD, I largely worked on the demography of a disturbance-adapted plant species (dewy pines). I am now working mostly with animal data, such as the meerkats and yellow-bellied marmots.

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