I received my undergraduate degree in Biology and earned a master degree in biological Sciences from the Universidad de Los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia.
I am a tropical ecologist interested in understanding how plant communities are assembled. To this end, I utilize field-based and statistical modeling approaches that provide further insights into the processes that govern community structure. My current research focuses on providing a deeper understanding of one of the classical and still not answered questions in ecology: what are the mechanisms responsible for the incredible number of co-occurring species in tropical forests? My approach considers information from organismal traits at the individual and species level as well as spatially explicit long-term demographic data, evaluated with statistical models and validated via field-work with a special focus on natural history.
Contact María Natalia Umaña Department of Biology 4207 Biology-Psychology Building University of Maryland College Park, 20742 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org