Welcome! I am a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Dan Rabosky at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. I 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 species’ life 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
In addition to my postdoc work, I have had the opportunity to contribute in several conservation and education initiatives such as species conservation assessments for the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and as a member of the Amphibian Red List Authority. Recently, 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 it includes updated contents and a foreword by Dr. John Terborgh (Center for Tropical Conservation, Duke University); 1,000 copies were printed by ACEER and are being distributed in Peru through their "Amigos! education and outreach program."
Recent media coverage of research: Scientific American
(Study focusing on biodiversity of regenerating rainforest)
(Additional coverage here)