Forest Ecosystems, Decision Support Systems, Land-use Changes, Climate Change, R Programming, Image Processing, Open-source Software
My research interests focuses on understanding relationships between forest ecosystems to land use and climate change. I am currently collaborating in developing a Decision Support System for Biodiversity Conservation and Management in Colombia. This will facilitate the processing of Earth observations in one platform to inform biodiversity decision-making.
I have programmed packages in R to model relations between climate and tree growth implementing procedures of numerical ecology and techniques of image processing. I have used this software to study long-term effects of drought on Iberian Pine forests (Spain). I have also studied patterns in soil organic carbon in Andean forests (Colombia).
As a consultant, I have helped forest managers in Colombia to develop carbon sequestration projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (Kioto protocol).
I am Forest Engineering from National University of Colombia. I have both master's degree and PhD in Forest Science from University of Valladolid (Spain).
Lara W., S. Bogino, and F. Bravo. 2018. Multilevel analysis of dendroclimatic series with the R-package BIOdry. PLoS ONE, 13(5): e0196923
Risio L., W. Lara, S. Bogino, and F. Bravo. 2018. How aridity variations affect Prosopis caldenia growth in transitional forests in the semiarid Argentinean pampas. Dendrochronologia, 50:126–133
Lara W., F. Bravo, and C.A. Sierra. 2015. measuRing: An R package to measure tree-ring widths from scanned images. Dendrochronologia, 34:43–50
Lara W., F. Bravo, and D.A. Maguire. 2013. Modeling patterns between drought and tree biomass growth from dendrochronological data: A multilevel approach. Agric. For. Meteorol., 178-179:140 – 151
Lara W., V. Gutiérrez, B. Zapata-Arbeláez, A. M. Santacruz, W. G. Laguado, A. Bustamante, A. Yepes, T. Black, and F. Arjona. 2011. Priority areas for implementing the CDM to forest restoration projects in conservation corridors of the Andes. In A. C. Newton and N. Tejedor, editors, Principles and Practice of Forest Landscape Restoration: Case studies from the drylands of Latin America, pages 292–293. IUCN. Gland, Switzerland, 2011. ISBN: 978-2-8317-1340-3
C. A. Sierra, J. I. del Valle, S. A. Orrego, F. H. Moreno, M. E. Harmon, M. Zapata, G. J. Colorado, M. A. Herrera, W. Lara, D. E. Restrepo, L. M. Berrouet, L. M. Loaiza, and J. F. Benjumea. 2007. Total carbon stocks in a tropical forest landscape of the porce region, colombia. For. Ecol. Manage., 243(2-3):299 – 309
Moreno, F., W. Lara, and S. F. Overbauer. Differences in soil organic carbon with land use changes in tropical mountains of colombia. In F. Bravo, editor, Proceedings of the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) Div. 4, International MeetIng, Managing Forest Ecosystems: The Challenges of Climate Change, Palencia, España, 2006. Universidad de Valladolid. ISBN-13: 978-84-611-0082-8. ISBN-10: 84-611-0082-4 (CD-ROM)