PhD, Interdisciplinary Ecology, University of Florida, Gainesville
MS, Botany, University of Florida, Gainesville
BS, Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
Dr. Alvarez-Clare uses long-term monitoring, manipulative experiments, and conservation-driven research to understand how environmental changes, such as changes in soil nutrients and climatic conditions affect plant communities, mainly in tropical biodiversity hotspots. She strives to translate her research into scientifically informed conservation actions that will aid in saving tree species from extinction. Part of her work within the Global Tree Conservation Program involves coordinating the Latin America Programs. She also serves as the academic mentor for the Center for Tree Science, where she is a Co-PI in the recently funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.
In addition to her position at Morton, Silvia Alvarez-Clare is a guest researcher at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research in tropical ecosystems ecology has been funded by the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Grant (DDEG) and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB), and her work published in top tier journals such as Ecology Letters and Ecology. Alvarez-Clare is the co-leader of a local group that supports Women in Science and is part of the Tree Board for North Central College.