Michigan State University 344 Natural Science Building Ph: 517-884-8039 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Google Scholar page Quantitative Ecologist (2008-2013), USGS Ph.D. in Biology (2012), University of Maryland M.S. in Natural Resources (2008), Cornell University B.S. in Mathematics (2003), University of Michigan B.S. in Applied Ecology (2003), University of Michigan
Acacia's research interests are at the intersection of computer science, evolutionary biology, and applied mathematics. As part of their Ph.D., Acacia is working on developing mathematical models of epistatic interactions in genomes that can be broadly applied across genetic structures. They received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and are co-advised by Dr. Emily Dolson in Computer Science and Engineering. Acacia is also passionate about interdisciplinary pedagogy and active learning approaches to undergraduate education. They completed a B.S. in mathematics and biology at George Washington University prior to coming to MSU.
Sam's research is focused on understanding the factors that influence species distributions and persistence. For his Ph.D., Sam is developing statistical models to predict species abundance patterns relative to climate and industrial activities, especially as these effect conservation planning. Prior to MSU, Sam worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Uganda program. While at WCS, Sam implemented surveys to estimate baseline levels of biodiversity including assessments focused on the impacts of anthropogenic factors. Sam received his M.S. from the University of Rhode Island where he studied the effects of oil and gas exploration on the distribution of large mammals in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda.
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Caroline is broadly interested in quantitative methods and their applications to wildlife ecology research, conservation, and management. She is specifically focused on developing hierarchical models to describe the dynamic distributions of wildlife communities, including the effects of environmental variables. Her work in the lab combines multiple data sources using integrated models to evaluate the herbivore community in the Masai Mara (Kenya) in response to both top down and bottom up factors. Caroline received a B.S. in Zoology from MSU in May 2020. She plans to attend graduate school to study quantitative ecology in the near future.
Kayla is collaborating with partners at USFWS and USGS on her Ph.D. to assess seabird distributions as part of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS). She is developing study design approaches for at-sea aerial surveys and models to estimate the factors influencing seabird spatial patterns. Kayla received her M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Conservation from Virginia Tech where she studied seabird behavior and demography. For her M.S., Kayla worked with researchers from SUNY-ESF, NPS, USGS, and Mass Audubon Coastal Waterbird Program to estimate residency, recruitment, and staging duration of endangered Roseate Terns at Cape Cod National Seashore.
Matt develops and applies quantitative methods to study population and community ecology. He uses hierarchical models to estimate the distribution and dynamics of species and the factors influencing those processes. Matt works on a variety of systems and taxa, from mammals in central and east Africa to monarch butterflies in North America. He is currently leading projects focused on developing multi-species models and approaches to integrate diverse data types for both populations and communities. Matt is also collaborating on projects working with seabirds, deer, and orangutans. He completed his B.S. at Purdue in wildlife ecology.
Wendy is broadly interested in using quantitative methods to understand and predict species dynamics and determine appropriate conservation actions. For her Ph.D., Wendy is developing data integration methods to evaluate the causes and consequence of environmental change on wildlife populations and communities. She enjoys fieldwork and data analyses on a variety of taxa and ecosystems. Wendy received a M.S. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she studied avian responses to experimental ice storms and developed a lesson plan for high school students. She then worked as a biometrician at the University of Kentucky for three years.
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Sarah's research focuses on declining and threatened wildlife populations to improve recovery efforts. Sarah is a Quantitative Ecologist in the Science Division at the National Audubon Society and a former postdoc in the lab. She continues to collaborate with the lab on a number of projects, including the development of models to tease apart the factors causing the decline of the eastern North American monarch population. Sarah completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota where she studied the endangered Great Lakes piping plover population. Sarah enjoys working with long-term data sets and advanced statistical models to tackle conservation problems.
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Alex is interested in large-scale collaborative projects focused on regional ecological problems to maintain ecosystem health for local organisms and human communities. For his Ph.D. research, Alex is collaborating with researchers at the USGS to develop network-scale management strategies to maintain amphibian populations in the NPS National Capitol Region through the use of structured-decision making and hierarchical modeling. He received his M.S. from the University of Georgia where he studied gopher tortoise population ecology. As part of his research there, Alex worked with a team to develop an adaptive landscape planning and decision framework for tortoise conservation.
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Erin is a quantitative ecologist whose research focuses on understanding the effects of climate, land use change, and other factors on wildlife populations. Erin is studying the dynamics of monarch butterflies across eastern North America including the spatial and temporal factors influencing population trends. She is using data from several large-scale, volunteer-based monitoring programs to identify the relative contributions of abiotic effects on observed declines. Erin completed an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Conservation and Management at the University of Arizona, where she studied demography and metapopulation dynamics of two amphibian species in the Sky Island region.
Former Lab Members
Christie Bahlai, Postdoctoral Research Associate (2016-2017) Current Position: Assistant Professor, Kent State University
Xabier Cabodevilla, Visiting Ph.D. student from Spain (2019) Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at Universidad del País Vasco
Grace DiRenzo, Postdoctoral Research Associate (2016-2019) Current Position: Assistant Unit Leader for the USGS Co-op at University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Saba Manzoor, Visiting Ph.D. student from Pakistan (2018-2019) Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at University of Faisalabad Shahla Nargis, Visiting Ph.D. student from Pakistan (2018-2019) Current Position: Ph.D. candidate at University of Faisalabad
Valentina Oberosler, Visiting Ph.D. student from Italy (2018) Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Science Museum at Trento (MUSE)
José Ribeiro, Visiting Ph.D. student from Brazil (2016-2017) Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at São Paulo State University
Sam Rossman, Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014-2018) Current Position: Research Scientist, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute Allison Sussman, M.S. (2017) Current Position: Database and GIS Specialist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center