Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology
Volcano rabbit metapopulation
Photo: Okan ARIHAN
Research InterestsOur research focuses on developing and applying quantitative methods to address questions in conservation biology and environmental risk assessment. Below are brief descriptions of some of our research areas.
A new framework aims to measure the recovery status of species and the impact of conservation actions. Starting with an objective, practical, and ambitious definition of a fully recovered species, the framework proposes 4 conservation metrics to quantify the impact of past and future conservation measures. For more information, see Green List: Quantifying species recovery and conservation success.
We develop and apply methods that link climate change models, species distribution or habitat suitability models, and metapopulation models with dynamic spatial structure, to predict the vulnerability of species to global climate change. For more information, see Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity.
Research to assess the vulnerability of species to extinction, and to quantify and analyze the threat status of species and trends in threat status involves:
We are interested in developing new methods for modeling population dynamics, estimating model parameters, analyzing population declines, and validating extinction risk estimates. Research in this areas has involved
We use habitat-based metapopulation models to estimate the risk of extinction or decline, and to evaluate the chances for recovery with different management and conservation options. Research in this area includes both the continued development of modeling platforms for population viability analysis, and case studies that apply these models to a variety of species, including
Currently, most assessments of the ecological impacts of pollutants use bioassays at the individual organism level. We are interested in developing standard methods that will allow ecotoxicological impacts to be assessed at the more relevant population and species levels. (Read about a book on methods and case studies of ecotoxicological risk assessment at the population level.)