Eric I. Ameca


Status & Trends of Biodiversity, Climate Change Impacts on Vertebrates, Spatial Conservation Prioritization, Species Risk Assessments, Population and Metapopulation Modelling


11/2009–07/2013, Ph.D Biological Research. Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London and Institute of Zoology, The Zoological Society of London. London, UK.

10/2008–10/2009, Master in Research in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (MERITS). Division of Biology, Silwood Park, Imperial College London, UK.

08/2001–07/2005, B.Sc. in Biology. Faculty of Biology. University of Veracruz. Mexico.



I have a joint PhD from Imperial College London and the Institute of Zoology, the Zoological Society of London. With a background in macroecology and conservation biology I am interested in how impacts of extreme climatic and weather events affect biodiversity at various scales. Together with colleagues we research (1) how intrinsic biological biology may increase or limit vulnerability to these phenomena; (2) what are their ecological and evolutionary consequences on populations and species; and (3) how areas of conservation value become threaten by compounding impacts of climate change and human pressure. Happy to work with individuals who share these interests and would like to develop collaborations – Currently two postdoctoral positions are available with us, more details on my homepage https://eric-ameca.org


Selected Publications

♦ Research Articles

1. Zhang L, Ameca EI*, Cowlishaw G, Pettorelli N, Foden W, Mace GM. (2019). Global assessment of primate vulnerability to extreme climatic events. Nature Climate Change. 9: 554-561 (doi: 10.1038/s41558-019-0508-7)

2. Ameca EI, Qiang D, Nie, Y, Gu X, Wei F* (2019). Implications of flood disturbance for conservation and management of giant panda habitat in human-modified landscapes. Biological conservation. 232: 35-42 (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2019.01.019)

3. Ameca EI, Mace GM, Cowlishaw G, Pettorelli N (2018). Relative vulnerability to hurricane disturbance for endangered mammals in Mexico: a call for adaptation strategies under uncertainty.  Animal Conservation . Accepted Online (doi: 0.1111/acv.12461) IF: 2.889 ISI JCR Ranking: 12/57

4. Zhang L, Ameca EI, Jiang Z. (2018). Viability analysis of the wild sika deer ( Cervus nippon ): threats of habitat loss and effectiveness of management interventions.  Journal for Nature Conservation . 43:117-125 (doi:10.1016/j.jnc.2018.02.014) IF: 1.97

5. Ameca EI, Jiang Z. (2016) Flood exposure across three vertebrate taxa and priority areas for conservation in China: identifying species’ internal refugia.  Biological Conservation  (dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.04.021) IF: 4.660 ISI JCR Ranking:

6. Ameca EI, Ellis E, Rodríguez-Luna E. (2015) Quantifying the severity of hurricanes on extinction probabilities of a primate population: insights into “island” extirpations. American Journal of Primatology  (doi: 10.1002/ajp.22402). IF: 2.288. ISI JCR Ranking: 25/167 (Zoology)

7. Ameca EI, Cowlishaw G, Mace GM, Pettorelli N. (2014) Identifying species characteristics associated to natural population die-offs in mammals.  Animal Conservation  (doi: 10.1111/acv.12053) IF: 2.889 ISI JCR Ranking: 12/57 (Biodiversity Conservation)

8. Ameca EI, Mace GM, Cowlishaw G, Cornforth W, Pettorelli N. (2013) Assessing exposure to extreme climatic events for terrestrial mammals.  Conservation Letters  (doi: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00306.x) IF: 7.279. ISI JCR Ranking:  2/57 (Biodiversity Conservation)

9. Ameca EI, Mace GM, Cowlishaw G, Pettorelli N. (2012) Natural population die-offs: causes and consequences for terrestrial mammals.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution  (doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2011.11.005) IF: 15.938

10. Ameca EI, Rodríguez – Luna E, Mace GM (2010) Demography & conservation status for the critically endangered Mexican Howler Monkey.  Neotropical Primates  17(1):12-16.


Contact information

College of Life Sciences,

Beijing Normal University,

Beijing 100875,

P. R. China

E-mail: eric.ameca08@alumni.imperial.ac.uk