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Dr. Román-Cuesta, an Alexander Von Humboldt fellow since 2007, gained her PhD in forest science from CREAF-Autonomous University of Barcelona (2002), with a particular focus on the drivers and ecological responses of forests to fire and associated biomass burning emissions. She has a particular fascination with and love for tropical forests where she counts on more than 15 years of experience (Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Panama). Her research addresses questions about ecosystem dynamics and composition, whilst at the same time provides outputs of direct relevance for conservation and adaptation to climate change. For this purpose, Rosa María runs research at the plot level but scales up to ecosystem and landscape levels through remote sensing and GIS. She seeks to address major issues facing the future of tropical forests in the 21st century, such as fire and drought impacts.

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