Scientific Staff

Silvia Alvarez-Clare, PhD

Tree Conservation Ecologist; Academic Mentor at the Center for Tree Science

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As the Arboretum’s Tree Conservation Ecologist, Silvia works with collaborators in Latin America to save threatened trees through science-informed conservation projects.

Silvia uses long-term monitoring, experimentation, and conservation-driven research to understand how changes in climate, land use, and soil nutrients impact plant communities, mainly in tropical biodiversity hotspots. She aims to translate her research into better policies, improved management practices, or restoration actions that will aid in saving tree species from extinction.

Silvia works closely with students, as part of the Integrated Mentorship Program, and serves as Co-PI in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the Arboretum.

Slivia’s research in tropical ecosystems ecology has been funded by the prestigious National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Grant (DDEG) and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB), and her research has been published in top-tier journals, such as Ecology Letters and Ecology. Alvarez-Clare is also the co-leader of a local group that supports women in science.


PhD, Interdisciplinary Ecology

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

MS, Botany

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

BS, Biology

Universidad de Costa Rica
San José, Costa Rica

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