Portrait of Isabel de Silva
PhD Student
• Plant community ecology • Riparian restoration • Climate change • Restoration ecology • Citizen science
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Advisor: Katharine Suding


I am a plant ecologist interested in the intersection of plant community ecology, functional traits, ecophysiology, and ecological restoration in the context of riparian systems.

See my website for more about me and my research.


  • BS: University of California, Berkeley, 2015



Merchant, T. K., Henn, J. J., de Silva, I., Van Cleemput, E., and Suding, K. N., 2022: Four reasons why functional traits are not being used in restoration practice. Restoration Ecology, e13788. doi 10.1111/rec.13788

Schroeter, I. M., Forrester, C. C., Brigham, L. M., Fried, E. R., Grabenstein, K. C., Karban, C. C., and McDermott, M. T., 2019: Diverging from the dogma: A call to train creative thinkers in science. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 100(1): e01463. doi 10.1002/bes2.1463

Moanga, D., Schroeter, I., Ackerly, D., and Butsic, V., 2018: Avoided land use conversions and carbon loss from conservation purchases in California. Journal of Land Use Science, 13(4): 391-413. doi 10.1080/1747423X.2018.1533043