Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation

of Terrestrial Vertebrates

James J. Roper, Ph.D.


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I am interested in a broad variety of ecological and evolutionary questions, especially those having to do with how reproductive strategies influence population dynamics. Most of my research includes analysis of reproductive success and survival and can include any species of terrestrial vertebrates.

I am also interested in how we go about answering ecological and evolutionary questions, both theoretically and pragmatically. I have been teaching biostatistics here in Brazil since 1998. Statistical tools provide a variety of ways to answer as well as ask interesting questions.

Given these interests, the interface between these areas and conservation biology is also important. One of several areas that intrigues me now is how we can understand population dynamics of rare species (as many endangered species are!) given the problem of small sample sizes (and associated issues). Also, today, introduced species and climate change are causing problems worldwide and we need to better understand population dynamics (not just of birds!) to anticipate future consequences of these growing problems.

James J. Roper, Ph.D.

Universidade Vila Velha
Laboratório de Ecologia e Conservação da Biodiversidade - LECB
Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, Brasil


Universidade Federal do Paraná
Programa de Pos-graduação em Ecologia e Conservação

Caixa Postal 19034
81531-990 Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil

Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, University of Pennsylvania 1996

M.S. Zoology, Arizona State University, 1989

B.S. Zoology, Oklahoma State University, 1978

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