Ecology and seasonality of Amazonian floodplain forests
Every year, Amazonian floodplain forests are inundated by water that spill over the banks of adjacent rivers. Resident flora and fauna are therefore subjected to alternating terrestrial and aquatic phases. Our research focus on documenting the floodplain flora and fauna and understanding the impact of the seasonal inundation. We are also interested in identifying threats to these floodplain environments, and understanding and predicting their effects.
Amazon waterbird migrations
Information on bird migration within South America is still deficient. Seasonal flooding compels some birds that breed in aquatic habitats in Amazonia to undertake annual migrations, yet we know little about how the complex landscape of the Amazon region is used seasonally by these species. We work to map migration routes, migration behaviour, and to identify stop-over locations and destinations – ultimately linking this information to conservation of migratory birds.
The expansion of tropical agriculture
We are interested in how best to manage and expand tropical agriculture to minimize biodiversity losses. We work to assess whether land-sharing or land-sparing farming is best for biodiversity and to understand the impacts of agriculture across different spatial scales. Our research focus on oil palm in the Colombian Llanos and cattle farming in the Tropical Andes.