Research Interestpopulation dynamics, community ecology, protected areas effectiveness, conservation, conservation policies, forest ecology
Protected areas play an important role in global conservation. To evaluate their effectiveness in biodiversity conservation is an urgent matter needed to secure the survival of many species. We can evaluate the ecosystem health status by looking at population dynamics and community ecology. I study the small mammal's community inhabiting the first Latin American National Park to elucidate the effect that almost 100 years of protection have had on this community. I also incorporate in my study the conservation policies applied to that protected area over its history, with particular focus to what extent they are followed/enforced.