Rudolf von May
NSF postdoctoral research fellow 
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology 
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
rvonmay at      

Photos by A. Catenazzi (L), R. von May (C), J. Jacobs (R)

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. I am primarily interested in tropical ecology, evolution, and biodiversity conservation. The goal of my research program is to investigate the biogeography and ecophysiology of organisms living in montane regions, to elucidate why species live at different elevations and how they respond to environmental change. With a particular emphasis on amphibians, my research integrates data on species’ distributions, thermal physiology, morphology (field and museum specimens), as well as molecular genetic data (DNA) to understand the evolutionary relationships of species living along environmental gradients and to determine their vulnerability to climate warming. This collaborative work includes the participation of undergraduate students in both the field and the laboratory. I work with Dr. Craig Moritz at Berkeley, and I am also a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Vance Vredenburg Lab at San Francisco State University
In addition to my postdoc work, I have had the opportunity to contribute in several conservation and education initiatives. As a member of the International Union for Conservation of Natures (IUCN) Amphibian Red List Authority, I participate in species’ conservation status assessments for the Red List of Threatened Species. Recently, two colleagues and I created, a website that provides open-access content from Selvas Tropicales, a book about tropical rainforests we published in 2013. The book is written in Spanish and is especially useful for Spanish-speaking youth or Spanish-learners who are also interested in tropical rainforestsThus far, has had more than 20,000 visitors. 
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