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Functional and Tropical Plant Ecology - Prof. Dr. Bettina Engelbrecht

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Julian Gaviria

Julian Gaviria

Doctoral student

At Functional and Tropical Plant Ecology until 05/2016
e-Mail: Julian.Gaviria(at)uni-bayreuth.de

Master of Science in Biodiversity and Ecology, Bayreuth.

In my research I examine the role of herbivory in driving the composition and diversity of tropical forests along a rainfall gradient. I am working at a strong rainfall gradient in Panama; tree species composition and diversity along this gradient change dramatically. Variation of herbivore pressure and plant defenses along the gradient may act as a filter excluding species from certain sites. Understanding the different mechanisms shaping species distributions will help develop conservation management and reforestation strategies. The research is conducted at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

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