Alisa (Lisi) Álvarez defended today her doctoral thesis, an ecological study of plant invasions in mountain ecosystems of Mendoza. Congratulations Lisi for an outstanding study with important practical implications!
Lisi’s thesis combines observational and experimental studies to assess the effect of two drivers of plant invasions in the mountain environments of our region: tourist trails and livestock. As a whole, her results indicate that mountain hiking trails and livestock may facilitate plant invasions in the region. This work represents a valuable contribution to the understanding of the ecological processes regulating the spread of non-native plants, and offer useful information for management actions.
One of the chapters of Lisi’s thesis is already published as a journal article in Biological Invasions. And stay tuned for more publications coming soon!