WHO AM I?
I am a tropical biologist. I grew up in Costa Rica, where the tropical forest is 20 minutes away from the University. From very early on, I started working with bats and never left them : )
My research mainly focuses on understanding how the natural process (migration, roost selection, etc.) and landscape changes affect the bat-pathogen balance. I am a firm believer in interdisciplinary work. During my academic journey, I have collaborated with MDs, MVs, Physicists, Agroecologists, Immunologists, and many others, trying to find the answers to the ultimate questions:
How do animals in their natural habitat cope with infection?
How is this balance affected by the human modifications of the landscape?
How can we use these lessons to procure a healthier environment for the next generation of humans?
CONSERVATION GENOMICS AND IMMUNOGENETICS
BIOINFORMATICS AND STATISTICS
BAT ECOLOGY AND BIOACOUSTICS
BATS AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES
JUMPING THE GREEN WALL: THE USE OF PNA-DNA CLAMPS TO ENHANCE MICROBIOME SAMPLING DEPTH IN WILDLIFE MICROBIOME RESEARCH
A FAITHFUL GUT: CORE FEATURES OF GASTROINTESTINAL MICROBIOTA OF LONG-DISTANCE MIGRATORY BATS REMAIN STABLE DESPITE DIETARY SHIFTS DRIVING DIFFERENCES IN SPECIFIC BACTERIAL TAXA