Lucas Fortini, Ph.D.

Biography

 

Education:

Ph.D. 2010 Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

B.S. 2001 Resource Management (Forest Ecology concentration) University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

A.A. 1999 Environmental Studies, Moorpark College, Moorpark, CA

 

Specialty: Quantitative methods, including simulation modeling, to make conservation and management efforts more science-based. Expertise in population and community ecology modeling and analyses. Interdisciplinary training and experience in forest mensuration, plant ecophysiology, remote sensing, GIS and natural resource economics, among others. International fieldwork experience in isolated and logistically challenging settings.

Research Interests: Applied conservation research focused on decision support. Research focused on how the response of populations and communities to natural and human-made disturbance determine ecological resilience and shape opportunities for conservation and management. Determining impacts of climate change on Pacific Island ecosystems and their interactions with current serious threats of invasives, land cover change, and fire.

Personal Interests: biking, hiking, playing music, drones.