Welcome! I am a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dan Rabosky at the Museum of Zoology & 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 why species live at different elevations and how they respond to environmental change. Most of my work focuses on amphibians and reptiles distributed in the Andes-Amazon region, and I integrate different types of data to examine divergence in species’ thermal physiology and eco-morphology along elevational gradients. If you would like to get in touch, please write to rvonmay at umich.edu
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Featured publications

von May R, Lehr E, Rabosky, DL (2018) Evolutionary radiation of earless frogs in the Andes: molecular phylogenetics and habitat shifts in high-elevation terrestrial breeding frogs. PeerJ 6:e4331  [highlighted by National Geographic]

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

Jacobs J*von May R*, Kavanaugh DH, Connor EF (2018) Beetles in bamboo forests: community structure in a heterogeneous landscape of southwestern Amazonia. PeerJ 6:e5153 [*Equal first authors


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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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