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Recent Articles

Continent-wide tree fecundity driven by indirect climate effects

Nature Communications (2021)

future of tree seeds;
fewer in West, more in East.
climate / size effects.

The Recovery of Dung Beetle Biodiversity and traits in a regenerating rainforest

Insect Conservation and Diversity (2021)

after disturbance:
dung beetles can recover
if humans let them.

The Importance of Large Trees for Carbon Estimation

Global Ecology and Biogeography (2020)

Forests of Gabon
hold twice the global average
above ground carbon.

Integrating Camera Trap, Visual, and Dung Survey Data

Ecosphere (2019)

better counting with
dung, sight, and camera traps.
stronger togeather.

How to Estimate the Gut Passage Time of Wild Forest Elephants

Wildlife Biology (2019)

forest elephants
tell us how long they digest
with technology

Landscape-level Validation of Allometry and the Importance of Soils

Ecological Application (2019)

which covariates
bias carbon estimates
at the landscape scale?

Forecasting Food: the Unacknowledged Dimension of Habitat Variability

Ecological Monographs (2019)

pulsed seed production
supports and taxes food webs;
life history counts.

Long Term Effects of Low-Intensity Logging on Seed Dispersal

Annals of Botany, Plants (2018)

dispersal changes,
even after light-logging,
shifts ecosystems.

Forest Elephant Extirpation Will Transform African Forests

Conservation Biology (2018)

forest elephants
shape African forests, and
they're going extinct.

The Joint Responses of Growth and Survival to Adversity

American Journal of Primatology (2015)

first-born infants grow
and survive like later-borns,
unless they are male




Ongoing Grants, Projects, and Collaborations

Dispersal Dynamics and Masting Events

  • Joining seed rain data from the Eastern US and Google Earth Engine environmental covariates to describe ecological causes and consequences of masting events. (NASA)
  • Integrating animal behavior, evolutionary ecology, and life history theory to understand how pulsed resources mediate the spatio-temporal structure of consumer populations. (NSF)
  • Comparing ecological and climatological predictors of mast seeding in different biomes. (NSF)

Disperser Behavior and Conservation

Community Composition and Global Change

  • Creating an open-source workflow providing predicted species distributions for plants, small mammals, and beetles at all sites in the National Ecological Observatory Network. (NASA)
  • Modelling tropical tree community composition using climate records, remote sensing, and future climate predictions. (NSF GRF)
  • Comparing community resilience to climate change in ecologically analogous, but evolutionarily distinct communities in Europe and North America. (NSF)