Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Ecology

Kleppel Lab

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We are broadly interested in the effects of land use patterns on ecosystems. Among the issues being addressed are: The use of livestock for restoration and management of early successional stage ecosystems, alternative urban typologies (development styles) and their effects on ecosystem structure and function, the use of economic, planning and policy tools to promote landscape scale conservation and sustainable agriculture, and synergies between climate change and land cover patterns of ecosystem structure and function.

Robinson Lab

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Forest ecology, wildlife conservation, and ecological restoration: Field studies are mixed with laboratory and greenhouse experiments, computer mapping and statistical analyses. Two current topics are (1) mapping and designing control programs for invasive species that threaten natural habitats in nearby forested areas, and (2) exploring responses of forests to ongoing climate changes, with emphasis on tracking effects of lengthening growing periods on trees.

Wendy Turner Lab

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We study animal ecology and behavior with an interest in how variation within and among species alters rates of disease transmission. Ongoing research in Etosha National Park, Namibia, focuses on anthrax and on gastrointestinal parasites.