Cristina is a Conservation Biologist with a special interest in tropical ecology. During her PhD she will investigate how people living in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, interact with the ecosystem and how these interactions affect jaguars and pumas.
Climate change, droughts and water scarcity are affecting the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. Furthermore, land use change, population growth and the unsustainable use of natural resources are threatening the population of felids and their prey. Cristina aims to assess how environment changes affect the conservation of felids and ungulates in the CBR. She will quantify the population of felids and preys in the CBR. She will perform genetic studies to assess the efficiency of the corridors that connect the CBR to other reserves in the Selva Maya. As well, she will work with local communities to maintain the vitality of the natural resources of which they have stewardship and to reduce the pressures to the ecosystem in a changing environment.