Heilpern, Sebastian

Heilpern_photoI am a first year PhD student generally interested in using a trait-based approach to understand and predict how changes in fish biodiversity might influence ecosystem services in the Amazonian watersheds. Fishes are often times the primary protein source for many amazonian people and a developing project is to investigate how diet composition and quality derived from fishes may change in light of land-use change and dam development. I'm also particularly interested in making science relevant to policy, especially for the goal of reconciling conservation and development.
I received a M.S. from the University of Chicago, where I investigated how the interactions between fishes and large woody debris influenced primary and secondary productivity in large Amazonian floodplain river system. 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.