Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Bustamante, Mercedes
Location University of Brasilia
Primary Field Environmental Sciences and Ecology
Secondary Field Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
 Research Interests
Mercedes Bustamante's laboratory is interested in natural ecosystems' responses to changes in disturbance regimes, land use, biogeochemical cycles, and climate. They examine the responses of tropical ecosystems and biodiversity to fire, nutrient addition, biological invasions, and degradation. To understand ecosystem responses, they use manipulative experiments under field conditions and monitoring long-term plots. Additionally, they analyze how regional changes in land use affected land-atmosphere interactions and water resources conservation, combining different remote sensing and environmental modeling approaches. The studies also include evaluating environmental policies and the analyses to prioritize land restoration according to different criteria. ~ ~

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