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Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Earth and Environment

Dr. Rockwells' research integrates the disciplines of tropical ecology, agroforestry, and sustainable forest management within the context of neotropical smallholder and community-based systems. She believes that a cohesive approach to natural resource management research will have a positive impact on livelihood development as well as biodiversity conservation and environmental services. To-date most of her research has been conducted in Southwestern Amazonia, principally in the Brazilian state of Acre and the Peruvian department of Madre de Dios. Drawing from her international field experiences, Dr. Rockwell is interested in mentoring students and allowing them to explore research opportunities in the field, both in South Florida and Latin America.

Themes:

  • Tropical Ecology
  • Sustainable Forest Management
  • Agroforestry


Projects

  • Baraloto, C., P. Alverga, G. Barnes, I. Brasil, W. Castro, I. Moll, H. Duenas, D. Kenji, H. medeiros, S. Murphy, H. Ramos, C. Rockwell, A. Shenkin, M. Silveira, J. Southworth, G. Vasquez, and S. Perz. Effects of road infrastructure on forest value across a tri-national Amazonian frontier. Biological Conservation 191 :  674-681.
  • Baraloto, C., P. Alverga, G. Barnes, I. Brasil, W. Castro, I. Moll, H. Duenas, D. Kenji, H. medeiros, S. Murphy, H. Ramos, C. Rockwell, A. Shenkin, M. Silveira, J. Southworth, G. Vasquez, and S. Perz. 2014. Contrasting forest value metrics in community forests of southwestern Amazonia. Ecology & Society 19(4): 56.
  • Rockwell, C.A., Guariguata, M.R., Menton, M.C.S., Arroyo Quispe, E., Quaedvlieg, J., Warren Thomas, E., Fernandez Silva, H., Jurado Rojas, E.E., Kohagura Arrunategui, J.A.H., Meza Vega, L.A., Revilla Vera, O., Quenta Hancco, R., Valera Tito, J.F., Villarroel Panduro, B.T., Yucra Salas, J.J., 2015. Nut production in Bertholletia excelsa across a logged forest mosaic: Implications for multiple use. PLoS ONE 10: e0135464.
  • Rockwell, C.A., K. Kainer, C. Staudhammer, and C. Baraloto. 2014. Logging in bamboo-dominated forests in southwestern Amazonia: Caveats and opportunities for smallholder forest management. Forest Ecology and Management 315: 202-210.
  • Rockwell, C.A., Guariguata, M.R., Menton, M.C.S., Arroyo Quispe, E., Quaedvlieg, J., Warren Thomas, E., Fernandez Silva, H., Jurado Rojas, E.E., Kohagura Arrunategui, J.A.H., Meza Vega, L.A., Revilla Vera, O., Quenta Hancco, R., Valera Tito, J.F., Villarroel Panduro, B.T., Yucra Salas, J.J., 2015. Nut production inBertholletia excelsa across a logged forest mosaic: Implications for multiple use. PLoS One 10: e0135464.
  • Rockwell, C.A., Kainer, K.A., 2015. Local and scientific perspectives on the bamboo-dominated forest in Acre, Brazil: A complementary knowledge base for multiple-use forest management, International Forestry Review 17: 51-64.

Cara A. Rockwell

11200 SW 8th St, AHC5 361

Miami, FL 33199

crockwel@fiu.edu - 305-348-1930

FIU International Center for Tropical Botany