Matiss Castorena Salaks

University Fellows Cohort Member, 2017-2018
PhD Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Matiss Castorena is a Mexican doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He earned with honors his bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology in Mexico City from the Autonomous National University of Mexico. Matiss studies how plant trait diversity is driven by natural selection and how this may affect ecosystem processes. He plans to examine how the capacity of plants to cope with the environment is related to their respiratory rates. When not doing research, Matiss is an avid tree climber, mountaineer, and explorer the world around him.