last edit: November 2020

Lab Contact Information:  Rob Guralnick PI
Curator of Biodiversity Informatics
Department of Natural History and the Florida Museum of Natural History
Office:  358 Dickinson Hall
Labs:: 359, 288-289 Dickinson Hall.
Gainesville, FL 32611
PhD Students:
Chandra Earl
w/ Akito Kawahara) Laura Brenskelle Luis Soto (co-advised
w/ Colette St. Mary) Michael Belitz Neeka Sewnath Mitch Walters (co-advised
w/ Scott Robinson) Kami Earl (co-advised
w/ Tom Frazer)
Lab Staff:
Rafael LaFrance
Associated Researchers:
Brian Stucky
Postdoctoral Students:
Narayani Barve,
Vijay Barve,
Jess Oswald,
Daijiang Li 
Maggie Hantak

                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.