I work with a network of student collaborators, postdocs, technicians, and researchers from academia, NGOs, and the federal government to understand how interactions between landscape modification and climate change influence biodiversity. I work with partners on two modeling projects using landscape connectivity models for conservation planning in the United States, and have field projects describing amphibian and reptile responses to habitat loss and fragmentation in Colombia and Bolivia. I teach Principles of Biology III, General Ecology, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Conservation Biology, Environmental Earth Science, and Earth Systems Science at JCU.
Ian graduated with a BS in Environmental Science from JCU in May 2015 and began the MS program in August 2015. For his thesis work, Ian is conducting GIS-based analysis of satellite imagery to describe how landscape context mediates the strength of habitat patch effects on species richness.
Julia Laterza Barbosa
Julia received her BS in Biology from Universidade Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2014. She has since worked on animal translocations as part of environmental remediation efforts associated with hydroelectric projects in the Brazilian Amazon. For her Master’s work, Julia is interested in understanding the demographic consequences of translocation for amphibians and reptiles.
Undergraduate research students
Blake is a junior Environmental Science major using lab experiments to describe the thermal biology of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
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Zee is using a global forest cover map to sample the magnitude of habitat loss and fragmentation in forest ecosystems around the world.
Sam is a junior Environmental Science major who has worked on several landscape connectivity projects in the lab, and is currently using experimental landscapes to understand movement dynamics of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander, Plethodon cinereus.
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Arianna is a junior Environmental Science major working on a collaborative project with Dr. Jean Burns at Case Western Reserve University and Dr. Juliana Medeiros at the Holden Arboretum to understand niche evolution in Rhododendron species.
Nicole Koballa, Undergraduate researcher, 2016
Becca Wier, Graduate student, 2016
Alex Murray, Undergraduate researcher, JCU, 2015. Now MS student, Masrhall University
Mathieu Basille, Postdoc, U. Florida, 2012-2014. Now Assistant Professor at University of Florida.
Allison Benscoter, Technician, U. Florida, 2011-2014. Now Wildlife Ecologist, US Geological Survey.
David Bucklin, Technician, U. Florida, 2011-2014. Now Biologist at University of Florida.
Carolina Speroterra, Technician, U. Florida, 2010-2014. Now Water Quality Technician, Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Sebastian Ortiz, Summer intern, U. Florida, 2013. Now MS student, University of Georgia.