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, my collaborators and I use a combination of data including species’ life history traits and DNA sequences, as well as phylogenetic comparative analyses, to infer patterns of community assembly across environmental gradients. My work also involves integrative taxonomy and systematics, including the description of new species. If you would like to get in touch, please write to rvonmay at umich.edu

Featured publications

von May R, Lehr E, Rabosky, DL (In press) Evolutionary radiation of earless frogs in the Andes: molecular phylogenetics and habitat shifts in high-elevation terrestrial breeding frogs. PeerJ

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 7: 3257–3267  PDF  

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


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Media coverage of research (more here)

Michigan News  |  Science Daily  |  National Science Foundation
(Tropical lowland rainforest frogs at risk from climate warming)

The New York Times | The New York Times 
(Scientist at Work, rapid biological inventory in Peruvian Amazon)

(Three new species of terrestrial breeding frogs from Peru)

Independent  |  Berliner Zeitung  |  Süddeutsche Zeitung  |  RPP Noticias
(New species named after Sir David Attenborough)

(Image: cover of Selvas Tropicales, a book for Spanish-speaking youth or Spanish-learners who are also interested in tropical rainforests; open-access content available at SelvasTropicales.org)


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