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Publications

  1. Cereghino, R., Pillar, V. D., Srivastava, D. S., de Omena, P. M., MacDonald, A. A. M., Barberis, I. M., Corbara, B., Guzman, L. M., Leroy, C., Ospina Bautista, F., Romero, G. Q., Trzcinski, M. K., Kratina, P., Debastiani, V. J., Gonzalves, A. Z., Marino, 2018. Constraints on the functional trait space of aquatic invertebrates in bromeliads. Funct Ecol 00:1–13
  2. Guzman, L. M., Germain, R.M., Forbes, C., Straus, S., O’Connor, M.I., Gravel, D., Srivastava, D.S., Thompson, P.L 2018. Towards a multi-trophic extension of metacommunity ecology. Ecology Letters
  3. Friman, V. P. , Guzman, L. M. , Reuman, D. C. , Bell, T. 2015. Bacterial adaptation to sublethal antibiotic gradients can change the ecological properties of multitrophic microbial communities. Proc. R. Soc. B 20142920
  4. Gogarten, J. , Guzman, M. , Chapman, C. A. , Jacob, A. L., Omeja, P. A., Rothmans, J. M. 2012. What is the predictive power of the colobine protein-to-fiber model and its conservation value. Tropical Conservation Science 381-393

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Laura Melissa Guzman

PhD Candidate

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Research area: Ecology
Supervisor: D. Srivastava
History: BSc McGill University
MRes Imperial College London

Understanding which processes determine food web stability is a major goal of ecology. At local scales, non-linearity in the functional response of a predator is known to stabilize the predator-prey interactions. At regional scales, some dispersal patterns have also been shown to stabilize predator-prey relationships. What is missing is an integration of these concepts within a metacommunity framework. Both of these processes can be coupled with body size, where body size can act as a predictor of both dispersal distances and attack rate from the predator. I will empirically measure both dispersal distances and functional responses for a natural metacommunity of aquatic invertebrates that inhabit bromeliad habitats and then use these estimates to inform a metacommunity model that explores the interplay between species differences in dispersal distances and functional responses of predators and prey.

Awards

2016

NSERC CGS-D

For Research

2016

UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship

For Research

2016

GoGlobal self-directed research

For Research

2015

Mitacs Globalink

For Research

2014

BRC Brite/Create Fellow

For Research

Last updated 17 May 2016