Dr Ricardo Rocha

Research Interests

My pronouns are he/him

My research aims to provide evidence-based knowledge to support conservation decision making under contemporary global change, with a special focus on how to restore biodiversity in the aftermath of habitat loss and fragmentation and how to manage human-modified landscapes to retain biodiversity and maximise ecosystem-services. I do this by i) investigating taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic responses to habitat loss, fragmentation and secondary forest regeneration from both spatial and temporal perspectives, ii) identifying management options that can augment the permeability of agricultural land to disturbance-sensitive species and investigating agriculture-related ecosystem services and disservices, and iii) assessing the efficiency of conservation interventions and providing tools to facilitate and inform evidence-based decision-making. My work is grounded in ecological theory and involves biodiversity surveys across large-scale, manipulative experiments, “real-world” working landscapes and island ecosystems.