Assistant Professor Department of Integrative Biology Michigan State University 219A Natural Science Ph: 517-884-8039 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Google Scholar page
Ph.D. in Biology (2012), University of Maryland M.S. in Natural Resources (2008), Cornell University B.S. in Mathematics (2003), University of Michigan B.S. in Resource Ecology (2003), University of Michigan
Christie is a population and community ecologist studying long term patterns in trophic interactions. Using predator-prey communities in managed ecosystems, she develops statistical and mathematical models to understand how populations of organisms interact, respond to disturbances like climate change and invasions, and how this impacts functions like herbivory and plant productivity. Before joining the Zipkin Lab, Christie earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph, worked with the Kellogg Biological Station Long Term Ecological Research project, and was a fellow with the Mozilla Foundation. Christie is currently applying an information-theoretic method she developed for detecting regime shifts to populations of monarch butterflies.
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Grace is a quantitative disease ecologist studying epidemic and endemic disease dynamics of fungal pathogens. She is interested in understanding species declines and extirpations caused by pathogen emergence, why certain species are extirpated more readily than others, and pathogen transmission dynamics. Grace develops hierarchical models to answer these questions from empirical data. She is currently working on simultaneously modeling between-host population dynamics using capture-mark-recapture data and within-host pathogen population dynamics using unmarked data. Merging these data types within a unified model will improve estimates of how within-host processes affect population-level processes.
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Matt joined the lab in the fall of 2015 to pursue his research interests in statistical ecology. He graduated from Purdue University in 2014 with a B.S. in wildlife ecology where he worked on a project examining resource partitioning among coexisting carnivores. Before coming to MSU, Matt spent more than a year as a research assistant on several field projects including the USFS Fisher Regional Monitoring Program (Sierra Nevada Mountains), Purdue Hellbender Project, and MSU Mara Hyena Project (Kenya). Matt is currently collaborating with the Holekamp lab to examine how anthropogenic-induced environmental changes influence carnivore communities.
José studies the conservation and ecology of amphibians. He received his M.S. from the National Institute of Amazonian Research in Brazil where he worked on understanding the community composition of Amazonian anurans. José is currently a Ph.D. candidate at São Paulo State University and was awarded a fellowship from the São Paulo Research Foundation to develop hierarchical community models in collaboration with the Zipkin Lab at MSU. Through this work, José is investigating the influence of environmental gradients, such as natural forest cover, on amphibian communities in the Atlantic Forest within Brazil to evaluate the mechanisms that drive community assembly patterns and species occurrences.
Postdoctoral Research Associate Email: email@example.com Sam's website
Sam studies the flow of matter and energy through ecosystems focusing on how wildlife populations use their habitats to meet energetic demands. Sam finished his Ph.D. in biogeochemistry at MSU and has since expanded his research to several fields including population ecology and statistical modeling. His current projects include using stable isotopes to examine historical foraging patterns of an endangered Hawaiian seabird and the ecology of bottlenose dolphins impacted by an unusual mortality event. Sam is also developing hierarchical models to study snake diversity before and after Chytrid fungus devastated amphibian populations.
Sarah is modeling monarch population abundances across eastern North America. Her work uses long-term citizen science data to tease apart the potential factors causing observed declines. Sarah completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota where she studied the endangered piping plovers in the Great Lakes. Using banding data, she investigated first-year chick survival, the influence of parental experience on fledging success, and the heritability of fitness related traits. Sarah enjoys working with long-term data sets and advanced statistical models to tackle conservation problems.
Alli is interested in how wind energy development affects wildlife populations. Her master's thesis involves building models to identify waterbird "hotspots" in the Great Lakes to assist with conservation planning in collaboration with federal and state partners. Alli received her Bachelor's degree in wildlife conservation in 2008 from the University of Delaware and then worked at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center for six years on several large-scale bird monitoring programs before coming to MSU. Her research focuses on understanding how large scale distributional patterns of wildlife are impacted by habitat, climate, and human development.
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Alex is interested in large-scale collaborative projects focused on regional ecological problems to maintain ecosystem health for local organisms and human communities. He received his M.S. from the University of Georgia where he studied gopher tortoise population ecology. As part of his research there, Alex worked with a a team to develop an adaptive landscape planning and decision framework for tortoise conservation. For his Ph.D. research, Alex is collaborating with researchers at the USGS to develop network-scale management strategies to maintain amphibian populations in the National Capitol Region of the National Park Service through the use of structured-decision making and hierarchical modeling.