Heilpern, Sebastian


My PhD research broadly examines the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss on ecosystem functions and services. For my dissertation I am focused on quantifying and predicting ecosystem vulnerability using traits, and understanding the implications of changing fish biodiversity on food security in the Peruvian Amazon.

I received a M.S. from the University of Chicago (advised by Tim Wootton), where I investigated how the interactions between fishes and large woody debris influenced primary and secondary productivity in the Manu River, a large Amazonian floodplain river system in Southeastern Peru. Prior to that, I was the Program Officer for the Latin American and Caribbean Program at the Wildlife Conservation Society, and completed my undergraduate degree at Cornell University