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lines of research

1. Ecology and Populational Conservation

This line of research focuses on population studies that can inform programs for native species conservation - particularly those categorized as threatened, rare or endemic -, as well as understanding on dominant species and those of high economic value. Research topics include population viability analyses, population models for sustainable resource use, niche modeling, the impacts of climate change, population genetics and conservation, and more. Additionally, auto-ecological studies of native species are conducted, examining the relationships between individuals and their environment. Research on exotic species is also included, addressing questions related to their management and potential negative impacts on native ecosystems.

2. Ecology and Conservation of communities, ecosystems and landscapes

This line of research investigates the structure, dynamics, and functionality of terrestrial and aquatic communities and ecosystems. It focuses on analyzing patterns and processes related to the generation and maintenance of biological diversity and ecosystem services. Macroecology and landscape analysis are used to understand the relationship between the spatial distribution of biological communities and the characteristics of their physical environments. Additionally, this line of research includes studies on habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as community and ecosystem resistance, resilience, and restoration.

3. Actions and planning for biodiversity conservation

This course section focuses on developing and evaluating biodiversity conservation strategies and programs at various levels. It utilizes both biological data and economic instruments to subsidize thinking and practices on social development. Modeling the effects of different strategies has proven to be an efficient tool for guiding decision-making by local communities and competent authorities. This line of research encourages the application of such models through its studies. Additionally, research on human-nature interactions and the understanding of ethno-ecological knowledge are encompassed within this line of research.

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