Rafael Otfinowski


Rafael Otfinowski Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 2RC029
Building: Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex

Research Interests:

My research focuses on predicting the invasiveness of exotic plants to conserve, manage, and restore natural ecosystems. To accomplish these goals, I design greenhouse, field, and natural experiments and use statistical models, multivariate and spatial analyses, including GIS, to predict invaders and understand their interactions with native plant communities. My research explores invasive traits, the role of disturbance on the persistence of biological invaders, the impact of changing climate on the distribution of invaders, and the role of functional diversity in resisting invasions. I am interested in expanding my research into the impact of biological invaders on ecosystem function. I continue to collaborate with conservation agencies, including Parks Canada, to contribute to the restoration of native prairie ecosystems in western Canada.

I welcome inquiries from prospective undergraduate and graduate students.