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Lecturer

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 
School of Biological Sciences, 
University of Reading, Whiteknights,
Reading, RG6 6AS, UK

manuela.gonzalez(at)reading.ac.uk
manuela.gonzalez.suarez(at)gmail.com





General research interests (more here)

Human impact on the world’s ecosystems is leading to a widespread and accelerating loss of biodiversity. As a scientist I am interested in predicting future losses and developing strategies to halt them. My approach to understanding and predicting the current loss of biodiversity has focused on the role that a species’ life-history, ecology and behaviour, as well as the natural and anthropogenic conditions in which it lives, have on its population dynamics. I address questions such as: Can we identify global predictors of extinction risk? How does individual variation within a species affect population dynamics? How can we use this information to assess conservation status and implement effective management strategies? I have worked on a variety of animal species, primarily mammals, using diverse analytical and modelling approaches. Ultimately, I want to address important issues in ecological theory and to apply academic science to decision tools and effective wildlife conservation practice.