Lucas Fortini, Ph.D.




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: 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. Interested in using quantitative methods, including simulation modeling, to make conservation and management efforts more science-based. Extensive experience in inventorying and long-term monitoring of plant communities for compositional/ structural assessments and forest dynamics studies. 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: 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: Family, playing music, biking, photography, snorkeling and free diving.