Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman


Ph.D., Ecology, University of California. UPR Delegate to the Organization for Tropical Studies and member of UPR’s GK-12 Task Force and advisor of AKKA SEEDS.  

Research Interests:

Evolution and Bioconservation of Terrestrial Ecosystems. Plant ecology; Bioconservation of tropical dry forest ecosystems with focus on Mona Island Puerto Rico, Species responses to climate variability, effects of exotics on plant communities; biodiversity drivers within urban systems; plant-animal interactions; evolution of floral traits; metapopulation dynamics in orchids; genetic variation in natural populations;

Courses Taught:
Evolution Seminar, (Grad) Plant Reproductive Ecology (Grad), BioConservation (Grad), Introduction to Ecology, Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Botany.

Current projects:

  1. Biodiversity conservation and population dynamics of native species in Mona Island Reserve, a dry forest reserve between the islands of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. 
  2. Socio-economic factors related to the urban biodiversity of the Rio Piedras Watershed, a major ecosystem of the San Juan Metro Areas of Puerto Rico. 
  3. Effects of exotic feral ungulates on native vegetation through the use of exclusion fences
  4. GPS-based telemetry to monitor feral animal movements
  5. Dynamics of bee-pollinator communities with and without the influence of Africanized honeybees and their influence on local plant-reproduction
  6. Effects of invasive grasses on regeneration of native vegetation
  7. Climate effects on processes related to plant reproduction and establishment
  8. Drivers of plant biodiversity in urban environments. 

Recent publications:

  1. E. Melendez-Ackerman. Professional Training and Graduate Education needs in Warfare Ecology. Warfare Ecology. Machlis G. and T. Hanson [Eds.] Sinauer; In Press
  2. Rojas-Sandoval J. and E. Meléndez-Ackerman. 2009. Avances sobre la historia natural de Harrisia portoricensis. Boletín de la Sociedad Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Cactáceas y otras Suculentas 6: 27-29

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