Research Neotropial bats – Evolution – Landscape Ecology – My interests are the evolution, taxonomy, and conservation of neotropical bats, especially Phylostomids. I focus my work on clarifying the systematics of this family of mammals. My PhD project will use a combination of molecular and spatial ecological approaches to address the following objectives: (i) to determine the effect of environmental heterogeneity on population size, distribution, and patterns of genetic variation of selected species, using genetic and ecological data; (ii) to quantify the spatial landscape structure to relate the effect of environmental heterogeneity to bat movement and genetic connectivity across land use change variables; and (iii) to correlate genetic patterns with landscape structure and the potential dynamic demographic changes in selected species and their conservation implications. I expect to find different responses of the selected species of bats to recent land use change. I expect the degree of vagility to be directly related to the impact of land use change on functional connectivity for the species.
Training Biology bachelor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Museological Sciences with a mention in Natural History Collections at the University of Leicester, England.