Akçakaya Lab
Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology








Lab members

H. Resit Akçakaya

My research focuses on developing and applying quantitative methods to address questions in conservation biology and environmental risk assessment.
Özgeçmis (Bio in Turkish)
H. Resit Akcakaya
Lisa Prowant
Ph.D. student

I am interested in improving conservation practices, like translocation, in order to mitigate the effects of climate change on biodiversity. My dissertation research involves incorporating biotic interactions into species distribution models under climate change using the Eastern Box Turtle, its predators, and disease as a case study.

Personal Website
Bilgecan Sen
Ph.D. student

My research is focused on predicting shifts in species distributions under future climate change. I am interested in
(1) Adding mechanistic components to the contemporary species distribution modeling framework, which is generally a correlative approach and, (2) The transferability of species distribution models in space and time, and whether the metrics we use to asses model performance actually give reliable information regarding a model's transferability. I am focusing on the former for my dissertation research. Analyzing mark-recapture data from the long-term monitoring program Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS), I will parameterize population and coupled niche-demographic models with density dependence, and weather and climate related covariates.
Jannet Vu
Ph.D. student

I am interested in understanding how spatiotemporal changes in the environment affect species persistence and ecosystem function. In the agricultural landscapes of Coto Brus, Costa Rica, I am assessing how anthropogenic, biotic, and abiotic factors influence the occupancy, connectivity, and seed dispersal ability of the Central American agouti (Dasyprocta punctata). I combine fieldwork, genetics, and spatial modelling to carry out this work. The goal of my research is to build models that can inform us about the underlying mechanisms affecting species persistence, which, in turn, can be used to support conservation management and policies. Personal Website
Thomas Kohlmann
M.A. student

I am interested in understanding factors determining the occupancy status of salamanders on Long Island.

Former Lab members

Hae Yeong Ryu, M.A., 2016

Kevin T. Shoemaker, Postdoctoral Associate, 2011-2015

Matthew Aiello-Lammens, Ph.D., 2014

Eva Kneip, M.A., 2014

Kaitlin Greco, M.A., 2014

Jessica C. Stanton, Ph.D., 2013

Matthew Poonamallee, M.A., 2013

Jess Ray, M.A., 2012.

Josh Palmer, M.A., 2012.

Alex Sonneborn, M.A., 2011.

Roberta Harnett, M.A., 2008.