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Maria Maglianesi

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MARÍA ALEJANDRA MAGLIANESI

Ph.D. student

B3.10: BIODIVERSITY AND AREA DYNAMICS OF VERTEBRATES

Research and current projects
My research interests focus on avian ecology, tropical conservation and restoration ecology. I am broadly interested in investigating the human impact on birds at both population and community level. Specifically, I want to explore the susceptibility of birds and their interactions with other organisms to global change.

In my research, I am studying the degree of specialization in mutualistic networks between understory plants and hummingbird pollinators at different altitudes in Costa Rica. I want to test whether specialization of plants and hummingbirds increases with altitude and whether this is related to pollen limitation of understory plants. To construct networks of plant-pollinator relationships I am combining different methods such as interaction network observations and analysis of pollen loads. In order to understand the interdependence between plants and their pollinators and predict how these may be affected in future scenarios, I am assessing trait complementarity and conducting field experiments such as pollen addition, hummingbird exclusion and use of artificial feeders.

I am working under the supervision of Dr. Matthias Schleuning (BiK-F), Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese (BiK-F) and Dr. Nico Blüthgen (University Würzburg). The project will be conducted in close collaboration with the following organisations: National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICIT), State University for Distance Learning (UNED), Research Center on Microscopic Structures (CIEMIC) from the University of Costa Rica, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Tropical Science Center (CCT).

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Phone: +49 (0)69 7542 1874
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