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Carl Jan Risberg

Graduate Alumni
I am broadly interested in terrestrial ecosystem ecology and conservation and have a particular interest in community-based conservation as well as the ecological changes to environments and their interaction networks caused by the Anthropocene. My master’s thesis is titled “A global analysis of non-trophic impact of herbivores on seedling models under contrasting levels of defaunation”.… Read more
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Itzel Arias Del Razo

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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Julien Ueda

Undergraduate Researcher (2019-2021)
I am interested in how anthropogenic climate change and urbanization affect bird communities. Currently, I am analyzing thirty years of bird transects conducted at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. In the summer of 2021, I hope to repeat a bird point count study that was conducted by Robert Blair in 1992 across an urbanization gradient.… Read more
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Luísa Genes

PhD Student
My research focuses on the conservation and restoration of species interactions in tropical terrestrial ecosystems. I am currently working in rainforests in Brazil and Costa Rica, studying how communities and plant-animal interactions reassemble through restoration and trophic rewilding. Before coming to Stanford, I’ve worked in the reintroduction of howler monkeys (Alouatta guariba) to Rio de… Read more
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Gianalberto Losapio

Postdoctoral Researcher
I am broadly interested in biodiversity, plant communication and ecological networks. Exploring how life’s complexity is maintained and the role of networks in ecological systems have been recurrent aims of my studies. In particular, my core research is centred around cause-and-effect of networks of interactions including plants, their neighbours and their mutualistic and antagonistic partners… Read more
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Lucas Pavan

Ph.D. Student
My research focuses on tropical community ecology and conservation science. Currently I work in southern Cameroon where I am studying how the removal of large mammal species from tropical rainforests impacts avian communities and the ecosystem processes associated with them. Human hunting pressure on wild mammal populations is higher in the Congo Basin than any… Read more
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Pamela Hung

Administrative Assistant
Work phone: (650) 736-8005 Fax: (650) 724-4980 Work Address: 327 Campus Drive, Bass Biology Bldg Room 114C, Stanford, California 94305-5020
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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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Jamie Leonard

Undergraduate Researcher
I am broadly interested in using a combination of mathematical, experimental, and observational approaches to better understand the structure and diversity of ecological communities, and how these are being affected by anthropogenic stressors. With the Micheli Lab at Hopkins Marine Station, I am repeating a thesis from the 1960’s to understand long-term changes in a… Read more
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Chinmay Sonawane

PhD Student
I am interested in how animals interact with both the abiotic and biotic components of their environments. My current research questions are: 1. Do social predators and prey engage in collective behaviour during hunts? 2. How does sociality in large carnivores influence ecosystems and human systems? Please feel free to get in touch via email.
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Sriram Narasimhan

Undergraduate
Hey! I’m Sriram and I’m an undergraduate majoring in Biology; Ecology and Evolution and plan on graduating in 2023. I love field work and am interested in landscape ecology and species interactions .
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TJ Francisco

Co-term MS Student
For my MS research, advised by Dr. Dirzo, I am investigating how reptiles and amphibians respond to biological enrichment of smallholder palm oil farms in Costa Rica. I just finished some field work in Costa Rica, conducting 192 farm surveys comparing herpetofauna in monoculture and polyculture experimental farms, the rainy and dry seasons, and diurnal/nocturnal… Read more
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Tyler McFadden

Lecturer / Post-doc (2021-2022)
My research investigates the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss, focusing on how ecological communities respond to human impacts. My work is solution-oriented and interdisciplinary, integrating field data, human dimensions, and statistical and spatial analyses to inform ecosystem management. Birds are my favorite taxa to work with. My current research takes place in southern Chile… Read more

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Rebecca Nelson

Undergraduate Alum

Yasmine Antonini

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Maria Wojakowski

Graduate student

Charli Nicole Davis

Graduate student

Beth M. L. Morrison

Graduate student

Fernando Gonçalves

Visiting Scholar

Benjamin Jones

Graduate student

John Schroeder

Graduate student

Benjamin T. Wilder

Visiting Scholar

Ramón Perea

Visiting Scholar

Pedro Galetti Jr

Visiting Scholar

Jessica Martin

PhD Candidate