Hector Vazquez-Rivera, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow
Research interests and objectives
I am interested in: i) studying spatial and temporal patterns in nature through testable explanations, ii) biodiversity responses to climate change, iii) conservation biology, iv) sustainable development, and v) philosophy of science.
My research at the Laboratory of Community and Quantitative Ecology, focus on: i) geographical patterns of diversity, and ii) potential effects of current/future climate change on those patterns. I use a top-down rather than the common button-up approach. I also integrate phylogenetic information in the models in an attempt to reconcile ecological and evolutionary perspectives for conservation purposes.
My PhD studies, at the University of Ottawa, focused on macroecology, under the supervision of Dr. David Currie. Previously, my MSc, at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), and my BSc, at the University of the State of Mexico (UAEMex), focused on community ecology in aquatic and terrestrial systems, respectively, analyzing birds and plants in both cases.