PhD Students: Brian Stucky, Gaurav Vaidya, Nate Kleist
Project Staff: Rafael LaFrancePostdoctoral Students: Hannah Owens, Ryan Folk, Narayani Barve, Vijay Barve, Stephen Mayor
We are biodiversity scientists and our research focuses on what causes
spatiotemporal changes in genetic and species diversity. We take an
integrative approach to global change biology and the skills in lab range
from occupancy modeling to spatial ecological modeling, to landscape
genetics, to molecular phylogenetics. The diversity in lab is also its
strength -- we continue to discover that the interesting questions are the
integrative ones that require multiple lines of evidence.
Because so much of the work in lab uses primary species and population
occurrence data (when and where species and populations occur) available
from natural history collections and citizen science naturalists, we are very
involved in ecological and biodiversity informatics initiatives to increase the
quality, availability and utility of such datasets at the global scale. Our
particular informatics interest is building web-based tools so that anyone may
access, visualize and analyze legacy and current biodiversity distribution and
environmental data. I primarily work on gastropod molluscs but students work
on a variety of organisms including mammals, snakes, insects and viruses. Our work, both at the level of landscape and taxon, often has applied utility in
the area of conservation biology.
In 2015, the lab will be moving to the University of Florida and the Florida
Museum of Natural History.