Biography

Forestry Engineer of the University of Concepción; Master’s Degree in Forest Ecology from the University of Wageningen, Holland (grant from the Dutch government); Doctor of Forestry from the University of Montana, USA (Montana State Scholarship). Coordinator of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Line. His research topics are the lenga forests, the arboreal limit and its relationship with climate change, dynamics of plant communities, invasion of species, restoration of forests.

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I was born in Chillán, central Chile, in 1971 and completed my undergraduate degree in forestry (ingeniería forestal) in 1996 at the Universidad de Concepción (Chillán-Concepción).  My undergraduate thesis was on the evaluation of lateral roots as a key trait for seedling performance in Pinus radiata, under the supervision of René Escobar.  Afterwards, I entered graduate school at the Wageningen University, The Netherlands, where I obtained an MSc in forest ecology in 2000.  My MSc thesis was on the dynamics of regeneration in canopy gaps of Nothofagus pumilio forests and it was under the supervision of Dr. Reitze de Graaf.  In 2001 I begun my PhD in forest sciences at The University of Montana, USA, under the superyvision of Dr. John Goodburn.  I completed my thesis, which was about the link between spatial pattern and ecological processes, in 2005.  Since January 2007 I live and work in Coyhaique (Chilean Patagonia).  I am broadly interested in dynamic processes occurring in tree–dominated communities, including tree demography, population dynamics, and natural resource management and conservation.  I am very interested in applying modern quantitative approaches to investigate and understand the mechanisms driving and structuring forest ecosystems.  Particularly, I have been using spatial statistical analyses with the main goal of improving ecological inference and develop better links between spatial patterns and ecological processes.

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