My research focuses on data-intensive questions in ecology, using large ecological datasets, advanced statistical/machine learning methods, and theoretical modeling to understand ecological patterns. I am a Moore Investigator in Data-Driven Discovery, am active on Twitter and GitHub, blog about ecology and open science, and serve on the Data Carpentry and Impactstory boards of directors, the Software Carpentry advisory board, and the editorial boards of PLOS One and PeerJ. Checkout my Impactstory and Google Scholar profiles to see what I've been up to.
I am an empirical community ecologist and macroecologist interested in studying how nature changes through time. While I believe in using the ecosystem, taxonomic group, or dataset best suited for addressing the question at hand, my favorite model system for testing ideas is my field site: the Portal Project, a long-term research site initiated by James H. Brown and associates in 1977. Unofficially, I am broadly curious and go where my curiosity takes me.
|Joan Meiners||Joan has been affiliated with Weecology since 2014. She does research in Pinnacles National Park, CA on biodiversity patterns, community dynamics, and foraging shifts among diverse communities of native bees (>400 species!). She has a BA in Neuroscience from Mount Holyoke College and a M.S. in Ecology from Utah State University. In addition to bees, she has studied burying beetles, fire ants, sea turtles, sting rays, offshore wind farms, and Canadian Lynx, but her heart belongs to her bicycle. She occasionally waxes poetic about bees at: www.sixlegsonecorolla.wordpress.com|
|Erica Christensen||Erica joined the lab in Fall 2012. Her background includes a BA in pure mathematics from Oberlin College, an MS in environmental science from Drexel University, and field research on sea turtles in Costa Rica. Her current interests are in the general area of community dynamics, specifically systems experiencing regime shifts and non-linear dynamics.|
|Sergio Marconi||Sergio joined the lab in Fall 2015. He is mainly engrossed in terrestrial ecosystem dynamics, as a consequence of climate and land use change. He is interested in exploring the processes behind ecosystems patterns at different scales; may there be a unifying theory across scales, explaining how local and regional processes drive Nature’s dynamics?|
|Ellen Bledsoe||Ellen joined the lab in fall of 2015. After receiving her BA in Biology from Mount Holyoke College, she travelled the country as a field tech working with bats, pika, deer, and wild pigs. Academically, her interests currently include spatial aspects of population and community ecology in small mammals and bats.|
Glenda is the Weecology Project Manager. She helps run the Portal Project and other major collaborative Weecology projects. She also studies coexistence among species and has an MS in Statistics.
|Andrew Zhang||Andrew joined the lab in Fall 2016 as an undergraduate software developer pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He is assisting in the development of the lab's software for automating the acquisition, cleaning, installation, and combination of data.|
|Kristina Riemer||Kristina joined the lab in fall 2013. She previously worked in aquatic ecology, including projects on rotifer movement and responses to magnetic fields by fish. She is currently interested in macroecological patterns, especially body size patterns such as Bergmann's rule, and quantitative ecology.|
Zack joined the lab in Spring 2011 from the University of Michigan, where he earned an M.S. in forest ecology studying invasive species. His Ph.D research uses scaling theory to understand the effects of pruning on orchard fruit canopy shape and structure. As a sort of life's experiment, he actively explores sustainable agriculture managing a 2-acre farm with goats, chickens, fruits, and vegetables.
|Henry Senyondo||Henry is a data scientist and software developer. He works on enhancing and supporting data-driven scientific discoveries in ecology and science in general. He is interested in machine learning, data analytics, knowledge representation, and statistics.|
|Shawn Taylor||Shawn is from Reno, NV and has lived in 7 other western states. He got his BS in Ecology from the University of Idaho and studied the fire ecology of invasive grasses in the Great Basin. He's worked for the Forest Service surveying riparian areas and loves to spend time in some of the most remote and least visited places in the US. His current interests are how energy flow and resource availability shape communities.|
|Ken Locey||Ken completed his PhD in 2013. While in the lab he was awarded Utah State University's three most prestigious graduate fellowships. He is currently a postdoctoral research at the University of Indiana and a co-PI on an National Science Foundation Dimensions of Biodiversity grant.|
|Dan McGlinn||Dan was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a faculty member at the College of Charleston.|
|Katherine Thibault||Kate was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab from 2008 to 2011. She is now the lead Vertebrate Ecologist at the National Ecological Observatory Network.|
Xiao was a PhD student in the lab from 2008-2014, during which time she also complete an MS in statistics. Xiao is interested in general theories of macroecological patterns and is now a postdoc in Brian McGill's lab at the University of Maine.
|Akash Goel||Akash was a Google Summer of Code student working on the Data Retriever project in 2016 when he was a Computer Science undergraduate at Delhi Technological university. He is currently a Software Development Engineer at Amazon and continues to contribute to the development of the Data Retriever.|
Elita was a PhD from 2010 to 2015. She also has a masters degree from Fort Hays State University. Her dissertation took a data-intensive approach to understanding the species-abundance distribution.
|Mikaelle Giffen||Miki was an undergraduate researcher in the lab from 2008 to 2009. She helped collect data for our Mammal Community Database and also conducted an independent research project on changes in rodent body size through time. She is currently a laboratory technician at Fresenius Medical Care.|
Sarah started Fall 2007 and comes to us from Valparaiso University. Sarah is interested in exploring metacommunity dynamics and macroecological patterns and has also discovered that rodents really aren't that bad.
|Kari Norman||Kari was an undergraduate research fellow in the lab from 2014-2016 while getting degrees in both Conservation and Restoration Ecology and Statistics. She is currently a graduate student at the University of California at Davis.|
|Ben Morris||Ben was an undergraduate researcher and software developer in the lab from 2010 to 2012. During this time he was the lead developer on the EcoData Retriever and conducted independent research on the macroecology of disease. He attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and is currently a Data Platform Engineer at Machine Zone.|
|Clayton Bingham||Clayton was an undergraduate researcher in the lab from 2009 to 2010. He conducted an independent research project on the influence of body size on community structure in mammals and in the process he learned how to program and work with data. He went on to found a startup company and is now a graduate student in the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California and a Data Analyst at Rouse Services.|