Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Natalia Aristizábal is interested in the interface of biodiversity conservation, agriculture, and human well-being. She aims at integrating field biology, GIS, global change prediction models, ecosystem service theories, and communication and quantitative tools to study the effects of environmental change on the resilience and adaptability of socio- ecological systems and evolutionary lineages in agricultural landscapes.

As a PhD student, she wants to examine the ecological processes involved in the regulation of ecosystem services in coffee farms and better understand how land-use and climate change influence them. More specifically, she wants to study how habitat loss and changes in temperature, rainfall, and humidity affect the diversity, abundance, and function of coffee pest predators and pollinators.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Landscape ecology, conservation, ecosystem services, sustainable agriculture


  • MS, Ecology, University of São Paulo
  • BS, Science, Louisiana State University