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Elisa is an applied ecologist and conservation biologist investigating the impacts of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Her work focuses on assessing the effects of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g. habitat loss and fragmentation) on biodiversity, and on evaluating the effectiveness of conservation actions (e.g. habitat restoration and implementation of agri-environment schemes) for biodiversity. Her current research examines the long-term effects of past woodland creation on current biodiversity and ecosystem functioning to inform future reforestation actions.
Elisa studies a variety of taxa in human-modified (mainly agricultural) landscapes, using a combination of field surveying techniques, spatial sensing technologies, and novel analytical approaches. Elisa has a soft spot for mammals (particular bats), but her work also encompasses other species groups such as moths. She has a track-record collaborating with academics, policy makers, industry and organisations involved in conservation and environmental management.
Elisa has a BSc in Biology (UDLAP, Mexico), an MSc in Environmental Science (UNAM, Mexico) and a PhD in Ecology (University of Stirling, UK). She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Stirling. Elisa has two dogs and enjoys walking and being outdoors (especially when it’s sunny).
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