My PhD research focuses on the spatial relationship between carbon storage and biodiversity in the tropical forests of Colombia, as part of a broader project coordinated at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
Carbon retention is emerging as a decisive aspect of forest conservation schemes, and understanding the spatial overlap with other conservation goals is crucial to limit unwanted side-effects and ensure cost-effective planning of priority areas. The project aims to increase our knowledge of carbon-biodiversity co-benefits on a scale relevant for national conservation planning. It involves extensive fieldwork across the Colombian Andes, a tremendously diverse region that provides the geological and biological complexity needed to study relationship trends across altitude and biogeographic transitions.
Good reasons to leave the office include sunny mountain peaks or calm oceans, a ticket to a strange place, the local climbing hall or just a non-biology book enjoyed with a beer of any colour.
Carbon and biodiversity co-benefits in Colombia: Implications for conservation planning and implementation of REDD+