My main interest, as ecologist and bio-engineer, is to understand how human land use and environmental change affect biodiversity and associated ecosystem services, and vice-versa, how biodiversity and ecosystems have an impact on human life and livelihood. The goal of my research is to conserve, manage and restore biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services through applied ecology to improve the sustainability and resilience of these ecosystems, to inform environmental policy and to improve the quality of human life. I am currently applying my background in biology, statistics and engineering in epidemiological studies in support of public health.
I have worked in fragmented and degraded tropical forests, temperate forests, coastal and inland heath land, agroforests and rangelands, and have applied principles of community ecology, ecological genetics, GIS and remote sensing to a variety of taxa including epiphytic orchids, wild arabica coffee and trees. Most recently, I have been involved in a European BiodivERsA project in which we combined hyperspectral remote sensing data, plant and soil chemical data, plant community data and ecosystem functioning data to monitor and map invasions by non-native species and their effects on ecosystem services in space and time and to develop warning and rapid response systems for biological invasions. I am currently investigating effects of biodiversity on human respiratory health using mobile health data, applied ecology and geo-ICT, adopting a One Health/EcoHealth approach to human health.