Vannesa Montoya-Sánchez

Research interests

I have a broad interest in community and landscape ecology, biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships, and socio-ecological systems, especially in tropical forest ecosystems. I am particularly interested in community dynamics, ecological networks and the role of multitrophic interactions in ecosystem functioning. I am also interested in understanding the effects of anthropogenic activities on biodiversity at local and entire landscape levels and how we incorporate scientific knowledge into actions. 

I received my B.Sc. with a profound focus on forest ecology and sustainable forest management. In my M.Sc. I studied beta-diversity patterns and multitrophic interactions in an enriched oil palm plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, as part of the Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems EFForTS project. For my PhD, I will continue working with enriched oil palm landscapes, up-scaling structural complexity and biodiversity. 


Academic background

2018 – 2020 M.Sc. in Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, University of Göttingen, Germany

2008 – 2013 B.Sc. in Forest Engineer, Faculty of Forestry, Universidad del Tolima, Colombia

Vannesa Montoya-Sánchez

Assistante doctorante 


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