Lab Affiliation: Living Earth Collaborative
William Farfan-Rios is an avid forest ecologist with long-standing field experience. His research is focused on the study of tropical tree communities’ composition, dynamics, distribution and their responses to global change. He has been coordinating and leading field campaigns and research projects in the Andean-Amazonian elevational transect established by the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group. As a Living Earth Collaborative Biodiversity Postdoctoral Fellow, he is working closely with Drs. Jonathan Myers (Washington University) and Sebastian Tello (Missouri Botanical Garden) to integrate data of long-term forests inventories across the Andes-to-Amazon elevational gradients in six countries. He will use the elevational transects as a natural laboratory to explore the effects of anthropogenic climate change on tropical biodiversity and ecosystem processes.