Cara’s research integrates the disciplines of tropical ecology, agroforestry, and sustainable forest management within the context of neotropical smallholder and community-based systems. She has pursued these complementary research interests since 1998, when she served as a Peace Corps agroforestry volunteer in Paraguay. She believes that a cohesive approach to natural resource management research will have a positive impact on livelihood development as well as biodiversity conservation and environmental services. To date, most of her research has been conducted in Southwestern Amazonia, but she has also recently developed projects in South Florida, looking at environmental services and food security provided by urban food forests.
- Ph.D. Tropical Forestry, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
- M.S. Tropical Forestry, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development, University of Florida
- B.S. Biological Sciences, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University
- Fadrique, B., Veldman, J. W., Dalling, J. W., Clark, L. G., Montti, L., Ruiz‐Sanchez, E., ... & Rockwell, C.A. (2020). Guidelines for including bamboos in tropical ecosystem monitoring. Biotropica, 52(3), 427-443.
- Rockwell, C. A., Guariguata, M. R., Menton, M., Quispe, E. A., Quaedvlieg, J., Warren-Thomas, E., ... & Hancco, R. Q. (2017). Spatial distribution of Bertholletia excelsa in selectively logged forests of the Peruvian Amazon. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 33(2), 114-127.
- Rockwell, C. A., Guariguata, M. R., Menton, M., Quispe, E. A., Quaedvlieg, J., Warren-Thomas, E., ... & Vera, O. R. (2015). Nut production in Bertholletia excelsa across a logged forest mosaic: implications for multiple forest use. PloS one, 10(8), e0135464.
Blue pin: Miami, Florida, United States
Brown pin: Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida, United States
Green pin: Cape Sable, Everglades National Park, Florida, United States
Red pin: Rio Branco, State of Acre, Brazil
Yellow pin: Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios Region, Peru
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