Personal Biography of Dr. Andrew Paul Gutierrez
Dr. Andrew Paul Gutierrez is a Professor in the Division of Ecosystem Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr.Gutierrez's inter-disciplinary research group investigates plant - herbivore-natural enemy interactions as driven by edaphic and weather factors using physiologically based tritrophic models. The models are based on extensive field and laboratory data. The models are used to assess the theory and practice of biological control, to solve practical problems in pest management and crop production and protection (IPM), and to explore economic and theoretical issues. The models have been used to analyze diverse agroecosystems worldwide: alfalfa, apple, cassava, coffee, common bean, cotton, grape, olive, rice/fish pond system and agro-forestry.
Dr. Gutierrez current research focuses on five interrelated areas: (1) The refinement of existing and development of new tritrophic models of invasive species and transgenic crops; (2) The development of a geographical information systems (GIS) based decision support system for implementing crop systems models; (3) the analysis of climate warming on ecosystem dynamics; (4) The analysis of the ecological and economic impact of transgenic crops in agriculture; (5) Theoretical studies on the bioeconomics of food web dynamics.