Depts. of Ecology, Evolution & Behavior; Plant Biology
Jennifer Powers is an assistant professor in the Departments of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior and Plant Biology. Her research focuses on ecosystem processes and community dynamics of tropical forests, with a concentration on how human-caused environmental drivers affect ecological processes.
Her current projects explore the patterns and mechanisms of secondary forest succession in tropical dry forests. As an Institute on the Environment resident fellow, Powers is developing a framework that establishes how ecologists, economists and park managers can collaborate to protect ecosystem services in tropical dry forests, such as those in Costa Rica.
In addition to her ecological studies, Powers is the co-founder of an environmental nonprofit organization, Investigadores del Área de Conservación Guanacaste. The organization's mission is to promote the conservation and wise management of tropical dry forests by making scientific research available to public and private‐sector decision makers.
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