Welcome! I am a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Dan Rabosky at the Museum of Zoology and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of MichiganI am broadly interested in ecology, evolution, and conservation of biodiversity. My current research seeks to understand how amphibian and reptile communities are structured across habitats and elevations, and to examine the links between species ecological traits and phylogenetic relatedness. Focusing on natural populations distributed in the Andes-Amazon region of South America, my collaborators and I use a combination of data including specieslife history traits and DNA sequences, as well as phylogenetic comparative analyses, to infer patterns of community assembly across environmental gradients. If you would like to get in touch, please send a message to rvonmay at umich.edu



          Selected recent publications (see Publications page for full list)
  • von May R, Catenazzi A, Corl A, Santa-Cruz R, Carnaval AC, Moritz C (2017) Divergence of thermal physiological traits in terrestrial breeding frogs along a tropical elevational gradient. Ecology and Evolution 0: 00–00  PDF [early view]
  • Lehr E, von May R (2017) A new species of terrestrial-breeding frog (Amphibia: Craugastoridae: Pristimantis) from high elevations of the Pui Pui Protected Forest in central Peru. ZooKeys 660: 17–42  PDF

One of my primary goals as a scientist is to conduct research that generates useful knowledge and aids in current efforts to conserve biodiversity. To this end, I have had the opportunity to contribute in several ongoing initiatives. As a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Amphibian Red List Authority, I periodically participate in species conservation assessments for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Additionally, two colleagues and I created SelvasTropicales.org, a website that provides open-access content from Selvas Tropicales, a book that is especially useful for Spanish-speaking youth or Spanish-learners who are also interested in tropical rainforests. A new edition was published by the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research in 2015, and 1,000 printed copies were distributed in Peru through ACEER's education and outreach program.

Recent media coverage of research (additional news here)
(Tropical lowland frogs at greater risk from climate warming)
(New species of frog named after Sir David Attenborough)






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