Alessandra Rocha Kortz






PhD Student

The aim of my PhD is to evaluate the impact of invasive pine trees in the Cerrado (Brazilian savanna) biodiversity hotspot at the earliest stages of invasion. Pine trees (Pinus spp.) are a major invasive taxon in the Southern Hemisphere and are now spreading to the Cerrado. A particular challenge is to understand the extent to which newly-established individuals, forming the leading edge of invasions, can restructure biodiversity. To answer these questions I carried out fieldwork in two patchily distributed, and botanically distinct Cerrado habitats invaded by the pine. I also expect to emphasise the need for active conservation management of invasion fronts.

My PhD is funded by the Science Without Borders programme/ CAPES.


Prof Anne Magurran (University of St. Andrews),

Research Interests

  • biodiversity change
  • community ecology
  • biological invasion impact
  • ecosystem management and conservation

Link to ResearchGate