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Dr. Laura Carolina Bello





Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi MG D 48


Research Interests

Understanding and predicting the effects behind biodiversity loss is one of the most urgent tasks faced by ecologists. Studies of human impacts on biodiversity have primarily focused on the loss of species. However, beyond species loss, we are losing key species interactions that modulate the ecosystem functions and services on which we depend. In my research, I explore how defaunation, species invasions, and rewilding process re-structure interaction networks, and impact ecosystem services and economy. To explore these questions, I integrate population and community ecology, biogeography, network ecology, functional ecology, and the economic valuation of ecosystem services using field experiments and diverse analytical and modeling tools.


2018. PhD program in Ecology and Biodiversity. Universidade Estadual de São Paulo. UNESP-Rio Claro. SP. Brazil.

Title. Defaunation effects over carbon stock in tropical forest.

2013. Graduate certificate in Statistics. Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Bogotá. Colombia.

2011. Bachelor Degree in Ecology. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá D.C.,Colombia. Advisor: Dra. María Cecilia Londoño.

Title: Impacts of climate change in Colombian Paramos. An Approach Using models of potential distribution of plant species and communities.

2009. Bachelor Degree in Biology. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá D.C., Colombia. Advisor: Dr. Juan Ricardo Gómez.

Title: Population comparison of Guacamaya superba in two types of natural grasslands. Atabapo. Guainía. Colombia


Academic Positions

2019-Present. Postdoctoral researcher. Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL. Switzerland.

Project: Predicting plant-hummingbirds interactions networks along an elevation gradient.

2016. Research Internship. Metapopulation Research Centre (MRC). University of Helsinki. Finland.

Project: Inferring biotic interactions from traits using Bayesian inference.

2012-2014. Assistant researcher. Applied biogeography and bio-acustic laboratory. Alexander von Humboldt. Institute for Research on Biological Resources. Colombia.

Project: SDM, biogeographical regionalization, geographical gaps on data base and biological indicators.

2011. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Ecology and territory Department. Associated Researcher.

Project: Develop of a statistical index for an environmental flow.



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