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Composition and structure of dry forest plants, in altitudinal gradient and correlation with Fauna (birds and landsnails) in fragmented landscape.

Project summary:

The dry forest is one of the most threatened ecosystem in Nicaragua, also is the one with more pressure on. The assembly of vegetation on this ecosystem is affected by the constant dynamics of habitat disturbances; such us changes in the matrix of animals and changes in vegetation influenced by land use. Normally studies are conducted to know the tree structure with emphasis on useful trees and little is studied what is happening in the understory. The understory is possibly the one that is keeping, the fauna of this ecosystem so disturbed and little is known about the dynamics of plant popula

Cost: $


Iris Lilliam Saldivar Gómez

Highest degree:

Master degree

Year obtained:


Applicant Status:

Early-career researcher (PhD obtained within last three years)


Flowering plants

Universidad Centroamericana UCA, Managua-Nicaragua

Relevant publications (minimum 1, maximum 4):

Referee 1:

Dr. Katherine Vammen

Referee 2:

Dr. Incer Barquero

Scoring Rubric

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Scientific merit


1.  Contribution to novel methods for research in systematics and taxonomy and/or
     Building taxonomic capacity in developing countries

2.  Contribution to the generation of novel systematic data

3.  Quality and significance of questions being addressed

4.  Adequacy of methods for testing hypotheses (data collection/analysis/use of different tools)

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IAPT community building


5.  Student's potential for professional success

6.  Perceived need; extent to which the project will benefit from IAPT funding

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Broader Impacts


7.  The research will yield durable benefits (revisions, databases, websites)

8.  Potential of the proposed project to generate an impactful publication

9.  The proposed research involves outreach/mentoring and broad dissemination

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