CristinaGarcia Perez

  • Tenure Track Fellow - University of Liverpool

Research interests

My research interests encompasses the study of the ecological and evolutionary drivers of plant-animal interactions, with a special focus on dispersal interactions by pollinators and frugivores that allow plants to disperse their pollen grains and propagules across the landscape. My research shows that plant animal dispersal interactions: (1) enhance forest natural regeneration by supporting the interachange of propogules among remnant patches; (2) speed natural colonization and expansion of small patches over abandoned rural lands by increasing the frequency of long distance disperal events; (3) favor the arrival of propagules and pollen from a diverse array of locations enhacing genetic diversity of newly colonized areas; and (4) these increased level of diversity in turn, make tree populations more resilient to extreme climatic events, such as prolonged drought events.