October 2014 - Onja takes best talk at AMNH Student Conservation Congress.

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October 2014 - Sophomore Jake Krauss presents research on seed predation in Madagascar at GCURS

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October 2014 - EEB grad students raise funds for conservation with trampoline dodge ball

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September 2014 - Onja’s  second dissertation chapter is now online early in Ecology!

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August 2014- Onja  is new executive  editor of Madagascar Conservation & Development

Madagascar Conservation & Development

MCD is a peer reviewed journal dedicated to conservation and sustainable development in Madagascar

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Welcome to our lab at Rice University!

Department of Biosciences, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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We are a group of ecologists interested in tropical ecology and conservation biology. Our work focuses on  evolutionary, population, and community  ecology and is often applied to conservation issues in tropical rainforests. 

 

Our research is conducted in Texas, West and Central Africa,  the Mariana Islands, and Madagascar

 

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Some Recent Publications (undergraduates underlined, *  indicates graduate student):

 

Books

 

Shultz, S., A. E. Dunham, K. Root, S. Soucy, S. Carroll, & L. Ginzburg. 1999/02/06/08. Conservation Biology with RAMAS Ecolab. Sinaur Associates, Mass. 251pp.   (Undergraduate text/lab book teaches students quantitative conservation biology and wildlife management)  Latest release in digital form available from Web School of Science.  Click here for reviews. 

 

Recent Journal Publications

 

Razafindratsima*,  O. H,  Dunham, A. E. 2015. Assessing the impacts of nonrandom seed dispersal by multiple frugivore partners on plant recruitment. Ecology  96(1):xx-xx .  **preprint**   ESA Blog

Razafindratsima*, O. H, Jones, T. A., Dunham, A. E. 2014. Patterns of movement and seed dispersal of three lemur species. American Journal of Primatology. 76 (1):84-96.  **[PDF]** (featured cover article)

Dunham, A.E., Maitner*, B.S., Razafindratsima*, O.H., Simmons, M. C., Roy*, C. L. 2013. Body size and sexual size dimorphism in primates; influence of climate and net primary productivity. Journal of Evolutionary Biology . 26(11): 2312–2320.   **[PDF]** (featured cover article)

Razafindratsima*, O. H., Mehtani, S., Dunham, A.E.  2013. Extinctions, traits, and phylogenetic structure of communities: insights from primate assemblages in Madagascar. Ecography. 36(1):47-56. **[PDF]**

Maitner,* B. S. Rudgers, J. A., Dunham, A. E., Whitney, K. D. 2012. Patterns of bird invasion are consistent with environmental filtering. Ecography. 35(7):614-623. **[PDF]**

Van Allen,* B., Dunham, A.E., Asquith, C., Rudolf, V.H.W. 2012. Life history predicts risk of species decline in a stochastic world. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 279(1738):2691-2697. **[PDF]**

Dunham, A.E.  2011. Soil disturbance by vertebrates alters seed predation, movement and germination in an African rain forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 27(6):581-589. **[PDF]**

Dunham A. E, Erhart, E. M., Wright, P. C. 2011 Global climate cycles and cyclones; consequences for rainfall patterns and lemur reproduction in southeastern Madagascar. Global Change Biology 17 (1):219-227. (Featured Cover article)  doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02205.x **[PDF]**  Science Daily, Mongabay Article, NSF 360 

Dunham, A. E., Mikheyev, A. S. 2010. Influence of an invasive ant on grazing and detrital communities and nutrient fluxes in a tropical forest. Diversity and Distributions 16 (1) 33-42 **[PDF]**

Dunham, A. E., Rudolf, V. H. W. 2009. Evolution of sexual size-monomorphism; the influence of passive mate-guarding.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 22(7), 1376-1386. (Cover article) 

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Supplementary data: Appendix A, Appendix B

Dunham, A. E. 2008. Battle of the sexes: Cost asymmetry explains female dominance in lemurs. Animal Behaviour. 76 (4): 1435-1439 **[PDF]** Science daily

Dunham, A. E.  2008. Above and below ground impacts of terrestrial mammals and birds in a tropical forest. Oikos. 117 (4), 571-579    **[PDF]**

Dunham, A. E., Erhart, E., Overdorff, D. Wright, P. C. 2008. Evaluating effects of habitat loss, hunting, and El Niρo on a threatened lemur. Biological Conservation. 141:287-297.    **[PDF]** Media citation- UNESCO

 

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