Falcon-Brindis

Armando Falcon-Brindis
Research Analyst

Professional Profile

Education

  • PhD Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, Mexico 2019 (Management of Natural Resources)
  • MS Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Mexico 2014 (Environmental Sciences)
  • BSAS Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico 2009 (Agronomy)

Work Experience

  • Research analyst. Research and Education Center - University of Kentucky, July 2021 to date
  • Postdoctoral researcher. El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2020-2021
  • Geostatistics Instructor. Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico 2020-2021
  • Research analyst. Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, Mexico 2020
  • Research assistant. Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, Mexico 2015-2019
  • Environmental Supervisor. Universidad Tecnológica de Tabasco 2014-2015
  • Research assistant. Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, Mexico 2012-2014
  • Environmental Specialist. Mexican Petroleum Institute, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico 2009-2012

Applied Research

As a Research Analyst at the University of Kentucky’s Research and Education Center at Princeton, I am evaluating insect pests attacking soybeans and hemp in Kentucky.

  • Evaluating the use of sunflowers as trap crop to reduce Dectes stem borer in soybeans
  • Evaluating the geographical expansion of the brown marmorated stink bug and abundances of stinks bug species associated to soybeans
  • Exploring the pests, their management, and natural enemies in Hemp: bud earworms and their parasitoids and hemp russet mites.

There are other undergoing projects focusing on the ecological interactions of parasitoids, stem borers and evaluating ecological networks of floral visitors in Western Kentucky.

Research Interests

My background and interests include ecology, conservation, natural history and taxonomy of native bees and wasps across tropical and desert environments. My main research interest is to find the links between the environment and anthropogenic factors shaping the diversity, abundance, and distribution of insects. I am also interested in assessing the ecological interactions plant-host-parasitoid and plant-pollinator across different landscapes. I have expertise on statistical modeling and geostatistical approaches to address my research questions.

Pictures by A. Falcon-Brindis
Pictures by A. Falcon-Brindis

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Falcon-Brindis A, León-Cortés JL, Montañez-Reyna M. 2021. How effective are conservation areas to preserve biodiversity in Mexico? Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation.  In Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecon.2021.07.007
  • Falcon-Brindis A, Rodríguez-Estrella R, Jiménez ML. 2020. Islands in the desert for cavity-nesting bees and wasps: Ecology, patterns of diversity, and conservation at oases of Baja California Peninsula. Ecology and Evolution 10(1): 527-542. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5927
  • Falcon-Brindis A, Rodríguez-Estrella R, Jiménez ML. 2019. Disentangling the coexistence strategies of mud-daubing wasp species through trophic analysis in oases of Baja California peninsula. PLOS ONE 14(11): e0225266. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225266