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 Universidad de Puerto Rico Nivel Central

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Carlos Ricart Morales Ph.D.
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Dr. Carlos M. Ricart Morales
Posición Académica: Catedrático Asociado
Educación: Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder



 


Dirección:
Departamento de Biología
Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey
Avenida Antonio R. Barceló
Cayey, P.R. 00736

Oficina: Nuevo Edificio de Ciencias Naturales 104D
Horas de oficina:  Agosto a Diciembre 2010 - Lunes y Miércoles 1-3:30 PM, Martes y Jueves 2-3:30 PM.
Teléfono: 787-738-2161 ext. 3103
E-mail: carlos.ricart@upr.edu

Cursos: Zoología, Biología General, CIBI

Área de especialidad: Zoología y Eccología de Poblaciones

Interéses de Investigación:  Plant-Animal Interaction, Wildlife conservation and Environmental Management.

Research projects are focused in Ecological problems, Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Management. The main emphasis rests in plant-animal interactions, specifically of two kinds:

(1) Interactions between nectar feeding birds (i.e., hummingbird, bananaquits, etc) and their food plants. Some of the questions being examined are: What are the hummingbird-pollinated plant species? What is the rate of reproductive success of such plants? How important is hummingbird pollination in promoting and keeping genetic variation within a plant taxon? Is the nectar in the flowers of exotic plant species an important source of food for the hummingbird population? Is the geographic distribution of the hummingbird pollinator influenced by density and/or availability of nectar in the flowers of endemic plant species?

(2) Interactions between fugivore birds and the plants they act upon as seed dispersers in subtropical dry forests. Questions of interest include: What percentage of plant species in the dry forests receives seed-dispersal services by birds? How this relationship affects the recovery of disturbed areas of subtropical dry forests? How much do dry forest frugivore birds rely on fleshy fruits? What dry forest plant species are totally dependent on one or several bird species as the only seed-dispersal mechanism?

Skills involved: During research activities the students will learn various field techniques and several procedures on analysis and data interpretation. They will be trained in vegetation sampling, bird identification and censusing, and plant taxonomy. In addition, the students will be taught in the use of various statistical and graphing software, Geographical Information System software and procedures, and the proper style and format to generate a scientific publication.

Publicaciones:

Ricart, C.M. 1987. Resource use and feeding ecology of nectar-feeding birds in a lower montane wet forest. M.A. thesis. University of Colorado , Boulder . Boulder , CO .

Gonzalez, M.J. , J. Miranda-Massari, E. Mora, N. A. Cruzado, I. Jimenez, L. E. Santiago, C. Santiago, J. Rodriguez, C. Perez-Cortés, A. Torres, and C. M. Ricart. 2000. Integrative Medicine: An innovative Approach to Medicine and medical Education. BioMedicina 3 (1): s5-s6

Gonzalez, M. J., and C. M. Ricart. 1999. Long-term effect of a high fiber dietary supplement on total body weight, fecal fat, lipid pofile, and blood pressure in female human subjects. BioMedicina 2 (8): 9-12

Ricart, C. M . 1999. Frugivory by birds on two subtropical dry forest tree species (Almacigo Bursera simaruba and Guayacán Guaiacum officinale). Ph.D. dissertation. University of Colorado , Boulder, CO.

Gonzalez, M. J., and C. M. Ricart. 1999. Long-term effect of a high fiber dietary supplement on total body weight, fecal fat, lipid pofile, and blood pressure in female human subjects. BioMedicina 2 (8): 9-12

Gonzalez, Michael J., Ricart, C. M., Nesbitt L., and J. Claudio. 1998. Short term effect of a higher fiber dietary supplement on total body weight, fecal fat, lipid profile and blood pressure in human subjects. BioMedicina 1 (8): 1-7.

Gonzalez , M. J. and C. M. Ricart. Tropical fat reduction in females with aminophylline containing gel. Submitted to BioMedicina.

Hernández Prieto, E.; Ricart, C. and C. Kepler, Flora visitation by Caribbean Hummingbirds: the recognition of introduced plant species by the five Puerto Rican hummingbirs. (In preparation).


 

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