Laura Cisneros

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Doctoral Student

Office: Bldg 4 Annex Rm. 187

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Laura Cisneros
The University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043, U.S.A.

Research Interests

Community Ecology; Metacommunity Theory; Animal-Plant Interactions; Anthropogenic Disturbance; Succession; Neotropical Bats

My research interests are motivated by the impacts of anthropogenic land use on communities of plants and animals, and on ecosystem function. In addition, my interests are driven by a desire to inform conservation in human-dominated landscapes. Consequently, my dissertation research will explore the large-scale spatial organization (metacommunity structure) of Neotropical bats within a landscape comprising agricultural fields and regenerating forests of different ages, and will evaluate the environmental characteristics that underlie these spatial patterns. I also hope to extend my research to investigate the effectiveness of ecosystem services provided by bats (e.g., seed dispersal) within human-dominated landscapes.

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Doctor of Philosophy. In Progress. University of Connecticut. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Dr. Michael R. Willig, Advisor.

Bachelor of Science. 2006. Michigan State University. Zoology major with Honors, Concentration in Zoo and Aquarium Science.


2007-2010 University Multicultural Fellowship, University of Connecticut Graduate School. Three year annual stipend.


Fall 2007-Fall 2008 Introduction to Biology Laboratory for Non-Majors


In addition to my ecological and conservation interests, I love capturing the natural world on film. Below are few of my photos. In the future I will display my photography on a separate website, so stay tuned!

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