Erickson Urquiaga Flores

Erickson Giomar Urquiaga Flores


Tel.: +41 (0)44 634 84 30


During my studies, I have been always interested in ecology, biodiversity, climate change and their impacts in The Andes. All these aspects allowed me to participate in different research projects and gain experience in topics like: carbon cycle, biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics, wild fires and tropical ecosystems conservation and policies.

My main research interests are ecosystems transitions and their implications for biodiversity conservation. Therefore, I am focused to understand how the impacts caused by humans (wild fires) or climate change are affecting the distribution patterns of natural treeline in spatial and temporal way on a global scale. As well as to understand how these impacts are influencing on treeline conservation and dynamics.

Polylepis forests, which are the highest forests in the neotropics, is part of the treeline. They are part of the transition between the Andean grassland and tropical forest. So, it is important to study the ecologically response of Polylepis to environmental stress. Its behavior against climate change and human impacts is going to give us an idea of how plant populations at similar altitudes around the globe will response to the future environmental conditions.


Research Interest

  • Mountain ecosystems and conservation.
  • Treelines its biodiversity and dynamics.
  • Wild fire ecology and dynamics.
  • Remote sensing and modelling.
  • Tropical ecology and conservation.
  • Climate change and land use changes


Publications – Book Chapters

  • Abel Monteagudo, Tatiana E. Boza E., Erickson G. Urquiaga F., Patricia Alvarez Loayza (2016) Vascular Plants (Non-Epiphytes). In: Larsen, T.H. (ed.). 2016. Core Standardized Methods for Rapid Biological Field Assessment. Conservation International, Arlington, VA. ISBN: 978-1-934151-96-9.
  • Elsa Pastor, I. Oliveras, E. Planas, M.I. Manta, E. Urquiaga, J.A. Quintano. (2014) Experimental study on fire behavior and soil combustion in the high altitude tropical grasslands. In: Viegas, Domingos Xavier (ed.). 2014 - Advances in forest fire research. Coimbra, Portugal. Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra. 978-989-26-0884-6 (PDF).
  • Oliveras, I., Malhi, Y., Salinas, N., Huaman, V., Urquiaga-Flores, E., Kala-Mamani, J., Quintano-Loaiza, J.A., Cuba-Torres, I., Lizarraga-Morales, N. and Román-Cuesta, R. (2014) “Changes in forest structure and composition after fire in tropical montane cloud forests near the Andean treeline.” Plant Ecology and Diversity, 7(1-2): 329-340. Special Issue: Ecosystem Dynamics of Amazonian and Andean Forests.
  • Oliveras, Imma; Urquiaga Flores, Erickson; Huamán, Vicky; Román Cuesta, Rosa María; and Malhi, Yadvinder. (2011) “How Forest Fires affect structure and species composition of Peruvian Tropical Montane Cloud Forests?” Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 13, EGU2011-511, European Geosciences Union – General Assambly.


Professional Experience - Fieldwork

  • Biodiversity Assessment Handbook”, Protocols to rapid biological assesments (RAP´s), Conservation International – Perú May 2015.
  • “Regional Carbon Maps in the Context of the Project Forest and Climate Change” at Quillabamba and Calca Zones, Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin (ACCA) – Wise Environmental Paths (EWP), Cusco January – December 2013.
  • FIRETROP: “Study of Fire Dynamics in the Tropical Ecosystem, Fuel Modeling and Fire Behavior in the Andean”, Environmental Chance Institute - University of Oxford; Centre d’Estudis del Risc Tecnològic Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech, Cusco July 2012 – October 2013.
  • “Fire Dynamics and Carbon implication in the Cloud Forest of the Peruvian Andes”. NERC (UK), Environmental Chance Institute - University of Oxford. Cusco, 2010 – 2013.
  • “Rainfor: Trait a project to understand the role of Forest Ecosystems in the Andean and Amazonian" Cusco, April – December 2013.


Meetings – Workshops

  • Biodiversity Assessment Handbook, Protocols to rapid biological assessments (RAP´s), Conservation International – Perú May 2015.
  • Regional Policy and REDD+ Models Working with Rural Communities in the Andean Amazon of Perú. Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin ACCA. Lima December 2013.
  • Research Meeting “Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group” Pisaq August 2013.

Why and how to measure functional traits of plants – A practical introduction" Sandra Diaz and Lucas Enrico – IMBIV (CONICET and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina). Cusco April 2013.