We are the Conservation Ecology Lab at the University of Miami. With eight graduate students, we are now investigating the intersection of ecology and conservation in systems ranging from introduced lizards to endangered salamanders to soil microbiomes and in systems from urban Miami to coastal California to tropical dry forests. The lab is currently full, so I will not be recruiting new graduate students for Fall 2023 or 2024.
Conservation ecology is the use of ecological principles to improve our understanding of basic ecological theory while also informing how we should conserve and manage threatened or endangered species. We have a particular focus on community ecology and landscape ecology, recognizing the fact that while conservation may focus on individual species, it is important to protect ecological communities as a whole, and that all species exist in landscapes where habitat quality varies through space.
All members of the lab are expected to have a passion for fieldwork, since it is only through observing natural populations that we can understand how species persist individually and in concert while also dealing with environmental stochasticity. We also employ a range of statistical and mathematical models so that we can make quantitative predictions about the conditions in which endangered populations will persist and the community shifts caused by anthropogenic stressors.