I am a Research leader in Spatial and Data analysis with a main interest in ecology and biogeography. My research focuses on understanding the spatial distribution of plant biodiversity in tropical regions and its primary drivers. My two main research lines are: 1) The role of functional traits and evolutionary history in shaping biodiversity distribution, and 2) Biodiversity responses to past, current, and future environmental changes. I combine modelling techniques with community and functional ecology, spatial analysis, and more recently phylogenetic analysis. I aim to inform the science underpinning plant biodiversity conservation and, also, to improve our understanding of plants that provide ecosystem services.
- BSc, Universidad Agraria La Molina, Peru
- MSc, Universidad Agraria La Molina, Peru
- MSc, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
- PhD, University of Oxford, UK
- Researcher, Conservation Data Centre, Peru
Tovar, C., Melcher, I., Kusumoto, B., Cuesta, F., Cleef, A., Meneses, RI., Halloy, S., et al. (2020).
Journal of Ecology
Cuesta, F.*, Tovar, C.*, LLambí, L.D., Gosling, W. et al. (2020)
Thermal niche traits of high alpine plant species and communities across the tropical Andes and their vulnerability to global warming.
Journal of Biogeography 47:408-420.
Tovar, C., Harris, D.H., Breman, E., Brncic, T. & Willis, K.J. (2019)
Tropical monodominant forest resilience to climate change in Central Africa: a Gilbertiodendron dewevrei forest pollen record over the past 2700 years.
Journal of vegetation science 30: 575-586.
Willis, K., Jeffers, E., & Tovar, C. (2018)
Science (Perspective) 359: 988-989.
Arnillas, C.A., Tovar, C., Buytaert, W. & Cadotte, M. (2017)
From patches to richness: assessing the potential impact of landscape transformation on biodiversity.
Ecosphere 8: e02004.
Tovar, C., C.A. Arnillas, F. Cuesta C. & W. Buytaert. (2013)
PLoS ONE 8: e63634.