Ewel Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ecology and Environmental Science in the Tropics and Subtropics

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The International Center at the University of Florida is pleased to host the John J. and Katherine C. Ewel Fellowship Program in Ecology and Environmental Science in the Tropics and Subtropics. This program will enable a recent doctorate recipient to study ecology and environmental sciences at the University of Florida (UF). The Fellow will work for two years with a University of Florida faculty member in any department to create new knowledge in any area of tropical and subtropical ecology.

The 2016-2018 Ewel Postdoctoral Fellow: Adriana Corrales

Adriana Corrales received her bachelor’s degree in forest engineering from the National University of Colombia at Medellín in 2004. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the morphology of fungal spores associated with Quercus humboldtii forests in Colombia. She also enrolled in a Master of Science program in forest and environmental conservation at the same institution and graduated in 2007. During her masters, she conducted research about the diversity patterns, distribution, and growth of bryophytes in a montane forest in Colombia. She completed her Ph.D. in Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Her dissertation focused on studying the ectomycorrhizal association of the tree Oreomunnea mexicana (Juglandaceae) as well as the microbial mediated mechanisms involved in facilitating the formation of Oreomunnea monodominant forests in a tropical montane forest in western Panama. During her time as the Ewel postdoctoral fellow, she will study the evolution of ectomycorrhizal associations in tropical Juglandaceae species in Central America and South East Asia as part of Dr. Matt Smith’s Lab in Plant Pathology.