Jesus Aguirre Gutierrez, Dr.

Mexican, based in the United Kingdom
Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
BII expert in: Plants

Understanding if and how tropical forests can adapt to a changing climate is pivotal to our understanding of anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem. I take a functional traits approach to disentangle how tropical forests in West Africa have shifted their trait composition through time as an adaptation to a changing environment.

Increasing land use change from forest to cocoa plantation and illegal logging have increased the fragmentation of forests and likely caused a decrease in their species and functional trait composition across the last decades.

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