Chia Hsieh, PhD Student (beginning Fall 2019)
My research interest is to understand the roles of environmental factors and biotic interactions in driving community composition and its associated ecosystem functions across spatial and temporal scales in the changing world. I have studied the effects of environmental factors and human activities on biodiversity patterns of birds in Taiwan and worldwide in cities. In the future, I would like to investigate how environmental changes affect vertebrate community compositions and traits associated with ecosystem functions in developing tropical regions.
Dan Gorczynski, PhD Student
I am generally interested in functional diversity of large mammal
communities in tropical systems and how functionality determines
community assemblage and dynamics. My current project is looking at
functional diversity turnover in the large mammal community at Volcan
Barva, Costa Rica, a site that is part of the TEAM Network. I've done
research on large mammal trophic interactions and conservation in
Minnesota as well as in Brazil.
Dr. Jennifer Moore, Postdoc
My research answers questions about wildlife population ecology using statistical models and geospatial analyses – how many of a species are in an area, how are they distributed, and what factors affect the abundance and distribution of each species. In particular, I am interested in the effect of illegal human activities such as poaching on wildlife populations over time and space within protected areas. My research focuses on African wildlife, specifically mammals, and I have conducted research in Madagascar, Gabon, and currently in Rwanda.
Dr. Lydia Beaudrot, Principle Investigator
Department of BioSciences
Program in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology