Juliana Velez Gomez
B52 Skok Hall
My research is focused on improving wildlife management by addressing coupled human and natural systems in the Colombian Orinoquia Region. I will collect satellite telemetry locations of tapirs and vegetation data that can be used to parameterize models of animal movement and habitat selection to better understand the impact of habitat loss and fragmentation, future changes in land use, and climate change on keystone terrestrial mammals. Based on my research I will develop a landscape conservation and management strategy to assure sustainable development of the Orinoco Region. The project will include the cooperation of stakeholders to create a landscape design that balances human development and ecological principles while assuring the well-being of local communities that rely on the area’s natural resources.