(Ph.D. EEB 2008)
Javier Ruiz is director of the Biodiversity Project, Nicaragua, a research initiative conducting research in Eastern Nicaragua, and a visiting scholar at Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (2008 to present).
Ruiz is collaborating with Professor John Vandermeer, U-M EEB, and Dr. Íñigo Granzow-de la Cerda (University of Barcelona, Spain, a former assistant research scientist at U-M EEB) on the study of the regenerating hurricane forests of Eastern Nicaragua.
They are documenting how tropical rainforests regenerate after hurricanes and the resulting fallen trees in closed forest canopies. Their results can be found in two recent publications: Science Direct and the International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation.
Previously, Ruiz was visiting scholar in Professor Rodolfo Dirzo’s Lab at Stanford University from February 2012 to May 2012, where he started a collaborative effort with Dirzo to understand the dynamics of rodent species on emerging infectious diseases in humans in Latin America.
They conducted a literature review that is being submitted for revision, and they are developing analytical models to detect and understand the dynamics of these diseases and the implications for human health. This work was funded by a fellowship from the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences and the U.S. Department of State.
Read more on Ruiz's website.