I obtained a BS from Universidad Autonoma Chapingo and a MS degree from Colegio de Postgraduados in Mexico. My research interests in Oregon State University are in the field of Range Ecology and Ruminant Nutrition. Specifically, my research program will use the tools of ecology, systematics and molecular biology to answer questions related to range nutrition, conservation biology, biodiversity, evolutionary ecology, and the consequences of grazing management.
The primary goal of my research is to apply DNA barcoding to develop botanical composition determinations of range herbivore diets in environmentally sensitive areas. In particular, we would like to try the utility of coding (matK) and one non-coding (trnH-psbA) chloroplast loci across plants present in fecal samples.