I am an ecologist with a main interest in biogeography. I specialise in understanding spatial biodiversity patterns in tropical regions and the underlying ecological processes. I also analyse the impact of past natural and human disturbances (for example, land use change, fires, climate change) on biodiversity patterns, as a way to improve predictions of how such disturbances will shape biodiversity in the future.
My work at Kew focuses on analysing the role of dispersal processes for plant biodiversity in the Tropical Andes under different climate change scenarios. The Andes are a fragmented environment because of natural and anthropogenic processes. Therefore dispersal will be a key process for species persistence under future warming conditions. For this project I combine dispersal traits, palaeoecological data and species distribution models. I use various mathematical and statistical techniques such as data mining, different modelling techniques and other recent developments in bioinformatics.
- 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
Willis, K., Jeffers, E., & Tovar, C. (2018)
Science (Perspective) 359: 988-989.
Tovar, C., Sánchez-Infantas, E., & Texeira-Roth, V. (2018)
Plant community dynamics of lomas fog oasis of Central Peru after the extreme precipitation caused by the 1997-98 El Niño event
PLoS ONE 13: e0190572. Available online
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., Breman, E., Brncic, T., Harris, D.H., Bailey, R. & Willis, K.J. (2014)
Ecography 37: 1139-1148.
Tovar, C., C.A. Arnillas, F. Cuesta C. & W. Buytaert. (2013)
PLoS ONE 8: e63634.
Tovar, C., Seijmonsbergen, A.H. & Duivenvoorden, J.F. (2013)
Monitoring land use and land cover change in mountain regions: An example in the Jalca grasslands of the Peruvian Andes.
Landscape and Urban planning 112: 40-49.