Rudolf von May
NSF postdoctoral research fellow
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
rvonmay at berkeley.edu
Photos by A. Catenazzi (L), R. von May (C), J. Jacobs (R)
I am a National Science Foundation 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.
Video featuring recent work in Manu National Park, Peru, done in collaboration with
Alessandro Catenazzi and Edgar Lehr. See story at UC Berkeley News Center.
Video by Phil Ebiner and Roxanne Makasdjian. Photos and video footage by A.
Catenazzi, Juan Carlos Cusi, Jenny Jacobs, and R. von May.
This work was also highlighted by National Geographic, Mongabay, Yahoo News,
Live Science, Andina - Agencia Peruana de Noticias, Discovery, Los Angeles Times,
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 Nature’s (IUCN) Amphibian Red List Authority, I participate in species’ conservation status assessments for the Red List of Threatened Species. As an associate of AmphibiaWeb, I contribute by reviewing and editing species’ accounts (see example here). Recently, two colleagues and I created SelvasTropicales.org, 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 rainforests.
Thus far, SelvasTropicales.org has had more than 20,000 visitors.
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