November 2016: Therese successfully defended her dissertation proposal and is off to Peru!
August 2016: Amy starts new leadership role in IPBES as Coordinating Lead Author for an intergovernmental science-policy biodiversity report for Africa.
August 2016: New grad student, Jade Tonos Luciano arrives!
August 2016: Onja leaves to start Hrdy Fellowship in Cons Bio at Harvard! She is already missed!
July 2016: Onjas final thesis chapter accepted by J. of Ecology!
May 2016: Ella Matsuda awarded the Green Prize for Environmental Writing for her work on seed dispersal vulnerability in Madagascar.
April 2016: Andrea passes her quals and receives a Phipps Botanty in Action Award! Congrats!
April 2016: Undergrad lab member, Lucrecia Aguilar, was awarded American Society of Mammalogists research grant for her EBIO306 work!
April 2016: Congratulations to Therese Lamperty on her Graduate Research award for Excellence in Biological Sciences, from the Houston Rodeo! Yee Haw!
March 2016: Our paper was accepted in Ecology about how frugivores bias seed associations with adult trees. Onjas ch3!
March 2016: Congratulations to Therese Lamperty on her Wagoner Fellowship to study effects of defaunation in Gabon!
March 2016: Congratulations to Onja Razafindratsima on her new Nat Geo grant!
Feb 2016: Congratulations to Jake Krauss on his Wagoner Fellowship to work in Madagascar!
Some Relevant Publications (undergraduates underlined, * indicates graduate student):
Shultz, S., A. E. Dunham, K. Root, S. Soucy, S. Carroll, & L. Ginzburg. 1999/02/06/08/11/12. 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. 2016. Frugivores bias seed-adult tree associations through nonrandom dispersal: a phylogenetic approach. Ecology. 97(8): 2094-2102**PDF**
Razafindratsima*, O.H, Dunham, A.E. 2015 Increasing womens participation in community-based conservation: key to success? Madagascar Conservation and Development. 10(2) 45-47. **PDF**
Edwards*, K. L., Walker S. L., Dunham, A. E., Pilgrim, B., Okita-Ouma, M., Shultz, S., 2015. Low birth rates and reproductive skew limit the viability of captive eastern black rhinoceros population. Biodiversity and Conservation. 24(11):2831-2852. **PDF**
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**
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**
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**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.
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 Nino on a threatened lemur. Biological Conservation. 141:287-297. **PDF** Media citation- UNESCO
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Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Welcome to our lab at Rice University!
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