Ecology

Display Name Research Abstract
Jonathan Davies

Ecology and evolutionary biology; the distribution of biodiversity and the challenges posed to its conservation through recent changes to the environment.

Kaitlyn Gaynor

My research examines the effects of human activity on global biodiversity, with emphases on (1) the behavioral responses of animals to human presence, (2) the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on predator-prey and other species interactions, and (3) the socio-ecological dynamics of conservation and coexistence. This work involves large-scale data synthesis and meta-analyses, and local field studies in North America and Africa.

Sean Michaletz

Ecophysiology, ecosystem ecology, macroecology, scaling, fire behaviour and effects.

Laura Wegener Parfrey

Microbiome of coastal marine organisms; eukaryotes in the microbiome

Philippe Tortell
Michelle Tseng

NEW: *I am accepting 1-2 students for fall 2023 to investigate (a) plankton responses to warming, (b)  relationships between tree traits and insect diversity, or (c) mosquito ecology and evolution. Please email me for more information. Prospective students must be eligible to apply for external funding*

Aquatic and Insect Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

  • ​​We investigate the effect of changing environments on insect and aquatic communities;
  • We use field and laboratory experiments, syntheses of published literature, and natural history collections to investigate ecological and evolutionary responses to climate and habitat change;
  • Our work is grounded in ecological and evolutionary theory and has applications to conservation biology and healthy ecosystems