I combine observational data with statistical modeling approaches to investigate questions
at the interface of ecological theory and conservation biology.
The primary goals of my research are to:
1) Identify mechanisms that structure tropical vertebrate communities across spatial scales
2) Understand how tropical mammals and birds respond to global change
3) Apply results to biodiversity conservation
Community and Macroecology
I study the drivers of variation in communities across taxonomic groups, ecological systems and spatial scales, with emphasis on tropical mammals and birds and the resources they require.
Global Change Biology
Habitat loss and climate change are two of the most critical threats to biodiversity worldwide. I study how these aspects of global change affect patterns of tropical vertebrate diversity and local extinction risk.
I conduct research in collaboration with TEAM, a global biodiversity monitoring network and partnership between Conservation International, the Smithsonian Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society
(Photo: Benjamin Drummond)