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​Resistance To Invasion In Different Forest Ecosystems

Published on: 21-May-2019

Event Type: Seminar
Event Date: 21 May 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: ASE 3-D Visualization Lab (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Dr. Martín Nuñez

About the speaker:

I am a forest ecologist with broad interests in community, ecosystem, and invasion ecology and belowground processes. I obtained my PhD at the University of Tennessee, USA, and I have conducted research in many tropical, subtropical and temperate locations. I am currently a professor at the National University of Comahue and a Researcher at CONICET, Argentina. I also serve as Senior Editor of the Journal of Applied Ecology, as well as a handling editor of other international scientific journals. I have published to date ca. 90 scientific papers, many in international journals such as Ecology, PNAS, Nature Plants, New Phytologist, and Global Change Biology. My main research focus is on invasion in forest ecosystems and the role of belowground processes in plant species coexistence and colonization.


About the event:

Invasive species are one of the main drivers of global change, and they affect all ecosystems. Remarkably, forests in different parts of the world have generally not been invaded as much as other ecosystems. I will present research conducted in forests in different parts of the world where I’ve been studying factors such as propagule pressure, invasive species traits, disturbance, and belowground interactions. These factors seem to be key in explaining the pattern of lower invasion in forest ecosystems. Understanding the main drivers of invasion and what makes some species invasive and some ecosystems more or less resistant to invasion is fundamental to preventing future invasions and to managing current invasions effectively.

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