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Beth M. L. Morrison

Graduate student
I am broadly interested in how species interactions play a role in the maintenance of biodiversity and how they are influenced by anthropogenic drivers. To that end, I am currently assessing the impacts of deforestation on plant-hummingbird interactions in Coto Brus, Costa Rica. I hope to further our understanding of how interaction networks assemble in… Read more
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Benjamin T. Wilder

Former member (Visiting Scholar)
My research is broadly focused in desert ecology and botany. I utilize multiple approaches and time scales to establish baselines to better understand modern biodiversity and connect science to conservation. I increasingly value the incorporation of diverse perspectives and the powerful results made possible via collaboration. In my role as director of the Next Generation… Read more
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Charli Nicole Davis

Former member (Graduate student)
I am interested in the trophic role of apex predators as a regulatory mechanism in community structure. With the human population continuing to rise, land conversion is ever prevalent in natural communities, leading to range reductions for many species. Through my research, I hope to fill in some of the gaps on how predator abundance,… Read more
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Fernando Gonçalves

Former member (Visiting Scholar)
Deforestation and conversion of native habitats to exotic pasture and crops, in addition to inefficient agricultural and cattle management practices, are placing great pressures on natural resources in Brazilian ecosystems such as the Pantanal and Cerrado. To prevent further deforestation and protect biodiversity, areas already developed for farming and ranching need to be managed more… Read more
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Itzel Arias Del Razo

Former member (Postdoctoral researcher)
My research focuses on assessing the direct and indirect implications of predation and its impact on the environment. This approach allows me to better understand the role that biotic interactions play in the maintenance and functioning of ecosystems. I am particularly interested in assessing the impact of human activities (climate change, land use, and defaunation)… Read more
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Jessica Martin

Graduate Student
I am interested in the ecology of parasites, both ectoparasites (such as fleas) and pathogens. I conduct my fieldwork at a long-term study site near Portal, Arizona, where I am studying the effects of a keystone genus (kangaroo rats) on the prevalence of ectoparasites and pathogens in a desert rodent community. I am also collaborating… Read more
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Benjamin Jones

Former member (Graduate student)
My research focuses broadly on ecological extinctions of terrestrial mammals in the neotropics. I’m using predictive models to understand how the distributions of wild cats are affected by change in forest cover and connectivity. The goal of my research is to better understand what factors lead to ecological extinctions of wide-ranging species. I’m interested in… Read more
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John Schroeder

Graduate student
My research focuses on ecological genomics and processes related to diversity maintenance in tropical forests. Specifically, I am interested in conspecific negative density dependence (CNDD), and how this process influences local relative abundance of tropical tree species. Fungi are recognized as important drivers of CNDD, but the fungal communities associating with tropical trees remain poorly… Read more
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Maria Wojakowski

Former member (Graduate student)
My research interests are reptile and amphibian ecology, ecological statistics, and conservation. My dissertation research focuses on the ecology and conservation of western pond turtles in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am investigating aspects of western pond turtle behavior, genetics, and health, and am especially interested in the impact of environmental variation on turtle… Read more
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Pamela Hung

Administrative Assistant
Work phone: (650) 736-8005 Fax: (650) 724-4980 Work Address: Gilbert Building Room 316 Stanford, California 94305-5020
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Pedro Galetti Jr

Former member (Visiting Scholar)
I am interested in evolutionary and conservation genetics of animals, mostly vertebrates. Phylogeny, phylogeography and population genetics form the foundation of my research, where I aim to gain a betting understanding of how the genetic variation of focal species/populations is contemporarily distributed, how it is linked to space and time in an evolutionary scenario, how… Read more
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Rafael Acosta

Site Developer
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Ramón Perea

Former member (Visiting Scholar)
I am a Lecturer at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). I am mainly interested in forest ecology, species interactions and management and conservation of Mediterranean systems. My main research topic is biotic interactions, either plant-animal (seed dispersal, herbivory, granivory) or plant-plant interactions (e.g. plant facilitation). I’m currently… Read more
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Rodolfo Dirzo

Principal Investigator
My research is simply part of the research that most lab members are conducting. In addition to that, I conduct some projects in which students from Stanford –and from other universities– participate. I also conduct research in collaboration with other colleagues from a variety of institutions—nationally and internationally, including the following: Patterns of herbivory in… Read more
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Rita de Cassia Quitete Portela

Former member (Visiting Scholar)
I am a full professor in Plant Ecology, teaching ecology courses in the Department of Ecology of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am interested in the ecology and conservation of plant populations , especially trying to understand what processes affect population dynamics and distribution of palm species in the… Read more
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Yasmine Antonini

Former member (Visiting Scholar)
I am a full professor in Ecology, teaching ecology courses and leading the Biodiversity Lab in the Department of Biology of Federal University of Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. I earned my Ph.D. in Conservation Ecology at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. I have published refereed articles and scientific chapters in books, mainly focusing… Read more

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  • Benjamin Jones
  • Benjamin T. Wilder
  • Charli Nicole Davis
  • Fernando Gonçalves
  • Itzel Arias Del Razo
  • Maria Wojakowski
  • Pedro Galetti Jr
  • Ramón Perea
  • Rita de Cassia Quitete Portela