Tropical Beach

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?
And finally:
How can we use these lessons to procure a healthier environment for the next generation of humans?

RESEARCH INTERESTS

CONSERVATION GENOMICS AND IMMUNOGENETICS

MICROBIOME RESEARCH

BIOINFORMATICS AND STATISTICS

BAT ECOLOGY AND BIOACOUSTICS

BATS AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES

TROPICAL ECOLOGY

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Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

USA