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.
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;
Evolution Seminar, (Grad) Plant Reproductive Ecology (Grad), BioConservation (Grad), Introduction to Ecology, Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Botany.
- Biodiversity conservation and population dynamics of native species in Mona Island Reserve, a dry forest reserve between the islands of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.
- 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.
- Effects of exotic feral ungulates on native vegetation through the use of exclusion fences
- GPS-based telemetry to monitor feral animal movements
- Dynamics of bee-pollinator communities with and without the influence of Africanized honeybees and their influence on local plant-reproduction
- Effects of invasive grasses on regeneration of native vegetation
- Climate effects on processes related to plant reproduction and establishment
- Drivers of plant biodiversity in urban environments.
- E. Melendez-Ackerman. Professional Training and Graduate Education needs in Warfare Ecology. Warfare Ecology. Machlis G. and T. Hanson [Eds.] Sinauer; In Press
- 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