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Rebecca Ostertag

Rebecca Ostertag

As tropical forest ecologist, my research interests revolve around understanding how tropical forests are structured and how tropical ecosystems function. I have been fortunate to work in both Latin America and Hawaiʻi. I teach courses that sue the extraordinary biocultural diversity of the Hawaiian Islands to illustrate concepts. I am a Professor of Biology and currently serving as Director of the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Master’s Program. Current research projects include:

Designing hybrid ecosystems as a restoration strategy
Hawaiian forest dynamics using long-term permanent plots (see HIPPNET project)

Interests: invasive species, ecosystem restoration, climate change, natural resources

UN SDG’s: SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 13 Climate Action, SDG 15 Life on Land


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