I study how climate change will effect trees and forests. AMA!
Hi Reddit! My name is Sergio Marconi, and I am a PhD student at the University of Florida.
Global change is driving dramatic redistribution of species, communities and ecosystems. Predicting these changes is essential for ecosystems health, conservation and sustainable management.
Unfortunately, the ecological mechanisms driving plants variability and interactions across scales are poorly understood.
Addressing these fundamental questions is challenging, and requires fusing multiple very different datasets.
The objective of my dissertation is to develop a mix of machine learning and statistical methods to infer species classification and nutrients dynamics for dozens of millions of trees across the US.
My final goal is to explore the role of intra-species and inter-species variability in nutrients dynamics on ecosystems functions like Carbon mitigation, and how these relations cascade across spatial scales on affecting ecosystems.
I am doing this as part of a series by the UF/IFAS Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.