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The Diversity in Biology Speaker Series: Trophic Metacommunities: Lessons from the Bromeliad System
March 31 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pmFree
The Diversity in Biology Speaker Series invites you to attend a talk by Dr. Laura Melissa Guzman.
Metacommunity theory provides an understanding of how spatial processes determine the structure and function of communities at local and regional scales. Although metacommunity theory has considered trophic dynamics in the past, it has been performed idiosyncratically with a wide selection of possible dynamics.
Dr. Guzman will present a recent synthesis of trophic metacommunity ecology that incorporates variability among trophic levels in ‘spatial use properties’. She will also bring together two different empirical approaches to understand trophic metacommunities as exemplified by bromeliads macro-invertebrates.
About the Speaker
Dr. Laura Melissa Guzman is a Computational Ecologist originally from Bogotá, Colombia. She completed her PhD at UBC and did her postdoctoral work at Simon Fraser University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Ecological Data Sciences Lab at the University of Southern California, where her main motivation is to use quantitative and computational tools to learn about patterns and processes in biodiversity to inform conservation actions.