Franzoi Dri, Gabriela
Gabriela Franzoi Dri, Ph.D. Student
Co-Advisor: Alessio Mortelliti – Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
Co-Advisor: Malcolm L. Hunter – Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
Start Date: Spring 2020
M.S. 2020, Biodiversidade Animal – Bioecologia Terrestre, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil
B.A. 2017, Biological Science, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil
Brief Biography: I’m from south of Brazil where I was very lucky to grow up enjoying the biodiversity of the Atlantic Forest and Pampas (Savannah). Now that I moved to Maine, I’m very excited to learn about the temperate forest and all the creatures that live there! I like outdoor activities such as bird-watching, hiking, camping, and photography.
Current Research: My doctoral research is about the long-term spatial ecology of mammal and bird populations. I’m interested in understanding how changes in resource availability (e.g. seeds) influence animal decisions to establish a territory over time. Additionally, I’m involved in questions about species distribution patterns associated with climate/land-use change. As part of my research, I’m using long-term data sets on seed abundance, small mammal capture, lynx occurrence, and bird survey.