Cascading effects of defaunation on ecosystem functioning of tropical forests: a pantropical approach (2019-2021). Juan de la Cierva-Incorporación grant.
The aim of this project is quantifying the cascading effects of defaunation on the ecosystem functioning of tropical forests. I am interested in understanding how declines and loss of animal populations (seed dispersers, seed predators and herbivores) may result in altered patterns of forest regeneration in the tropics via disruptions in fruit removal, seed dispersal and seedling recruitment.
Fuzessy, L., Benítez-López, A., Slade, E. M., Bufalo, F. S., de Souza, G. C. M., Pereira, L. A., Culot, L. (2021) Identifying the anthropogenic drivers of declines in tropical dung beetle communities and functions. Biological Conservation 256, 109063. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109063