last edit: April 2018

Lab Contact Information:  Rob Guralnick PI
Associate 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)
Project Staff:
Rafael LaFrance
Postdoctoral Students:
Hannah Owens,
Ryan Folk,
Narayani Barve,
Vijay Barve,
Brian Stucky,
Jess Oswald,
Bryan McLean,
Daijiang Li 

                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.