Costa Rica

Bryan Finegan

I lead long-term research on the effects of global change drivers on tropical forest ecosystems and the ecosystem services they offer (Nature´s Contributions to People). We use a functional ecology approach complemented by taxonomic diversity and estimation of above-ground biomass, seeking explanation of spatial and temporal patterns in these ecosystem properties in terms of climate, disturbance, soil, spatial factors and landscape context. Main research lines are currently forest adaptation to climate change on an altitudinal gradient, forest restoration through secondary succession under high exposure to climate change and fire, and the ecological basis of sustainable forest management.



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