Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor, Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation & Center for Latin American Studies
Director, Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute
Ph.D. in Population Biology, 2001
M.S. in Biology, 1995
B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, & Evolution with a minor in Literature, 1994
My current research focuses on two areas: First, I use field experiments, long-term demographic studies, and simple mathematical models to study how habitat fragmentation and other anthropogenic landscape alterations influence plant-animal interactions and plant population dynamics. I conduct most of my research in South America’s two largest biomes: the Amazon and the Cerrado. In Amazonia I am working at the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project, which is co-administered by Brazil’s Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. My Cerrado fieldwork is conducted at Panga Ecological Station, a field station of the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia in Minas Gerais. Second, I am broadly interested in the development of science and science policy in Latin America, including factors that (a) drive within- and between country patterns of scientific productivity (b) influence the establishment and success of international collaboration. For a more complete description of my lab’s ongoing research see Bruna Lab Projects.
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