My research focuses on quantitative macroecology, using large ecological databases, advanced statistical methods, and theoretical modeling to understand broad scale ecological patterns. I am also interested in the temporal dynamics of biological systems and the use of sensor networks for collecting ecological and environmental data.
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|Dan McGlinn||My research draws from landscape ecology, statistical modeling, and biogeography to understand the determinates of species abundance and diversity through space and time. I use a combined approach of field studies, ecoinformatics, and analytical models to tease apart the influence of different driving processes on single and multi-species patterns in plants and birds.|
Elita joined the lab in Fall 2010. She has a masters degree in Biology from Fort Hays State University, where she explored the causes of the nested subset pattern. For her dissertation, she is exploring how life history and phylogeny can inform our understanding of ecological and anthropogenic commonness and rarity of species.
Xiao joined the lab in Fall 2008. She has a background in theoretical and microcosm ecology having done theoretical work on the coexistence of species on a single resource under predator-prey oscillations and experimental research on the influence of competition on zooplankton dispersal. She is currently interested in ecological theories that are general enough to be applied to large spatial scales.
Ken joined the lab in Fall 2008. He has an extensive background in field biology having studied dispersal and population ecology in Mediterranean geckos and Sonoran mud turtles. His current research interests include constraint-based approaches to understanding large-scale patterns of compositional diversity across domains of life. Ken is also interested in the synthesis of molecular and ecological neutral theories, perhaps, with the genome and metagenome as fundamental units.
Ben is interested in macroecology, climate change, disease ecology, and ecoinformatics. He is currently working on the EcoData Retriever project to make ecological data more accessible.