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Morgan Ernest

I am an empirical community ecologist and macroecologist interested in studying how nature changes through time. While I believe in using the ecosystem, taxonomic group, or dataset best suited for addressing the question at hand, my favorite model system for testing ideas is my field site: the Portal Project, a long-term research site initiated by James H. Brown and associates in 1977. Unofficially, I am broadly curious and go where my curiosity takes me.

Glenda Yenni's picture
Glenda Yenni

Glenda is the Weecology Project Manager. She helps run the Portal Project and other major collaborative Weecology projects. She also studies coexistence among species and has an MS in Statistics.

Ellen Bledsoe's picture
Ellen Bledsoe Ellen joined the lab in fall of 2015. After receiving her BA in Biology from Mount Holyoke College, she travelled the country as a field tech working with bats, pika, deer, and wild pigs. Academically, her interests currently include spatial aspects of population and community ecology in small mammals and bats.
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Joan Meiners Joan has been affiliated with Weecology since 2014. She does research in Pinnacles National Park, CA on biodiversity patterns, community dynamics, and foraging shifts among diverse communities of native bees (>400 species!). She has a BA in Neuroscience from Mount Holyoke College and a M.S. in Ecology from Utah State University. In addition to bees, she has studied burying beetles, fire ants, sea turtles, sting rays, offshore wind farms, and Canadian Lynx, but her heart belongs to her bicycle. She occasionally waxes poetic about bees at:
Erica Christensen's picture
Erica Christensen Erica joined the lab in Fall 2012. Her background includes a BA in pure mathematics from Oberlin College, an MS in environmental science from Drexel University, and field research on sea turtles in Costa Rica. Her current interests are in the general area of community dynamics, specifically systems experiencing regime shifts and non-linear dynamics.
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Renata Diaz Renata Diaz will join Weecology in the fall of 2017. She is interested in combining theoretical and field-based methods to better understand how and why ecological systems respond to perturbations, particularly species losses and introductions and changing climate. Previously, she has studied the community and ecosystem processes that constrain tree cover in African savannas, the cascading consequences of bird extirpations in Guam and the Marianas Islands, and threats to rare plants in the United States.
Mikaelle Giffen's picture
Mikaelle Giffen Miki was an undergraduate researcher in the lab from 2008 to 2009. She helped collect data for our Mammal Community Database and also conducted an independent research project on changes in rodent body size through time. She is currently a laboratory technician at Fresenius Medical Care.
Sarah Supp's picture
Sarah Supp Sarah was a PhD student in the lab from 2007-2013. She studies ecological dynamics, climate change, and macroecological patterns. She is now an Assistant Professor of Data Analytics at Denison University.
Zack Brym's picture
Zack Brym Zack was a PhD student in the lab from 2011-2016. His PhD research used scaling theory to understand the effects of pruning on orchard fruit canopy shape and structure. Zack is now an Assistant Professor of Agroecology at the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center.