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Grassland type and seasonal effects have a bigger influence on plant diversity than prairie dog disturbances in semi-arid grasslands. Ecology and Evolution. Authors: Maria Rodriguez-Barrera, Ingolf Kühn, Andrés Estrada Castillón and Anna Cord. (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.9040)
Since 11/2018 – present: Research Assistant and PhD student – Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany and Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Thesis: “Understanding the role of prairie dogs for maintaining ecosystem functions in threatened semi-arid Mexican grasslands”/ Advisor: Prof. Dr. Anna Cord (TU-Dresden) and Prof. Dr. Ingolf Kühn (UFZ)
2017- 2018: Baccalaureate teacher (International Baccalaureate IB Diploma format)- Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico
2015 – 2016: MRes Biodiversity and Conservation -University of Leeds, Faculty of Biological Sciences.
Thesis 1: “Multi-scale habitat suitability modelling on two species of bats in Purbeck: Assessing the use of data centre and field work records on a short-term study”/ Advisor: Prof. John D. Altringham/ National Trust
Thesis 2: “Bat functional diversity and trait filtering in an agricultural landscape in the Lacandona Jungle, Mexico.”/ Advisor: Prof. John D. Altringham
2014-2015: Research Assistant -Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México, Department of Conservation and Sustainable Development Laboratory.
2008-2013: Bachelor in Biology -Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México.
Thesis: “The seasonal effect of riparian vegetation on frugivorous bats (Stenodermatinae) in a tropical forest agricultural landscape, Chiapas, Mexico” /Advisor: Dr. Irene Ruvalcaba Ortega.
03/2022 – Present: Phase II. Prairie dogs role on ecosystem functions: expanding the study area, looking into restored sites and involving more species. Funding: The Rufford Foundation (Project ID: 36292-2) Role: PI
04/2020 – Present: Reestablishment of Connectivity in Priority Grasslands of the Southern Chihuahuan Desert, Mexico IV Funding: Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Role: Co-coordinator and Head of the Grassland Ecosystem Functions package
08/2019 – 05/2021: Understanding the Role of Prairie Dogs for Maintaining Ecosystem Functions in Threatened Semi-Arid Mexican Grasslands Funding: The Rufford Foundation (Project ID: 27902-1) Role: PI