The Frishkoff Lab seeks to understand how human impacts on the environment are recasting ecological and evolutionary patterns forged over millennia. Core research foci include:
(1) elucidating why some species prosper while others fail when confronted with anthropogenic change through biogeographic, eco-physiological, and community approaches,
(2) determining how human impacts are pruning the phylogenetic tree of life, and whether past macro-evolutionary trajectories inform current and future tolerance to anthropogenic change,
(3) developing statistical methods that account for omnipresent biases in observational data, to better test eco-evolutionary hypotheses.
Our fieldwork in Puerto Rico was incredibly successful. We saw every species of anole on the island, ran tons of field surveys to estimate lizard abundance, and collected a ton of lizard poop samples to determine what they’re eating.
We’re looking for a reptile ecology field intern. Check out the job description and join us as we explore the reptile diversity of Texas!
Congrats to Alex Murray–the first chapter of his dissertation was published at Global Ecology and Biogeography! Traits do predict species sensitivity to habitat modification, but a one size fits all relationship falls down on the job. Instead the trait-sensitivity relationship changes depending on what climate zone habitat modification occurs in, offering a potential reason for past inconsistencies in studies of trait effects.
We’re excited to welcome Zack Lange and Edita Folfas to the lab as incoming PhD students.
Congrats to Kris Row for passing his qualifying exams, and moving up to PhD Candidacy.
June 2020: Socially Distanced Fieldwork
Our fieldwork in Texas has us questing to understand the ecological forces that determine lizard range limits and local abundances.
Congrats to Alex Murray for passing his qualifying exams, and moving up to PhD Candidacy.