Luis Mata

Joined: Mar 20, 2013 Last Active: Jul 12, 2020

I'm an ecologist with a keen interest in insects, urban environments, citizen science and science communication. I'm also passionate about nature photography, gardening, hiking and sailing.

I'm fascinated by insects because I believe that, whether as individuals or aggregated into super-organisms, they are interesting, valuable and aesthetically pleasing life forms. I'm particularly impressed by their functional and phylogenetic diversity, and by the diverse array of ecological interactions by which the are linked with other living beings.

I truly enjoy discovering and learning from nature through photography! I'm convinced that capturing aesthetically pleasing images of living beings is one of the best ways to bring art and science together. Since 2008, I've been posting photos to my flick photostream: https://www.flickr.com/people/dingilingi/

I'm a researcher in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where I'm collaborating in a range of projects seeking to provide evidence of the ecological and community engagement benefits of urban greening actions. I'm also associated with the People, Nature, Place Research Program at RMIT University's Centre for Urban Research, where I'm researching the social and ecological benefits of Gardens for Wildlife.

Excited to be a new member of iNaturalist!

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