Advisor: Lisette Waits
Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences
Andre obtained a BSc degree in horticulture form the university of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and an MSc in Tropical Agroforestry from CATIE in Costa Rica. Currently Andre is a PhD candidate part of the University of Idaho IGERT "Evaluating Resilience of Ecological and Social Systems in Changing Landscapes of Costa Rica and Idaho". His current research stems from a landscape genetics framework applied to tropical forests using genetic connectivity as an ecological resilience indicator. Specifically focusing on the impacts of forest fragmentation on the genetic diversity and reproductive ecology of bat-pollinated and bat-dispersed mid canopy tree species in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. Using conventional genetic markers and next generation sequencing techniques to characterize genetic diversity and structure and to infer contemporary and historic gene flow patterns for understory tree species (Symphonia globulifera and Quararibea bracteolosa) across the San Juan La Selva biological corridor in northeastern Costa Rica. Broader interests include: remote sensing, LUCC, functional connectivity, genetic diversity, sustainable agro ecosystems, interdisciplinary research.