Dr Jesus Aguirre Gutierrez
The goal of my research is to disentangle how a changing climate has impacted, is currently driving and will modify in the near future our natural forest ecosystems.
Much is still unknown about how tropical forests around the world are responding to an increasingly fast changing climate, and there may be regions that are or will experience stronger biodiversity shifts and may be in more need of protection or regulation.
Having grown-up in Guadalajara, one of the biggest cities in Mexico where not much nature is around, I decided to spend a year living with the indigenous “RarÃ¡muri” community in Northern Mexico to learn from their vision of nature.
My research interests come from understanding the importance nature has on our livelihoods – something I learnt through my experiences with indigenous communities in Mexico and abroad.
I joined SoGE in 2017 to develop a project, at ECI School of Geography, to understand the role that plant functional characteristics play in the resilience of tropical forests. I am currently a Researcher Co-Investigator in the “Arboles” NERC funded project monitoring plant functional diversity by remote sensing in Latin American forests.