September 2014 - Onjas second dissertation chapter is now online early in Ecology!
MCD is a peer reviewed journal dedicated to conservation and sustainable development in Madagascar
August 2014 PhD Student Therese Lamperty Joins the lab
August 2014- Onja awarded Outstanding Poster Award -1st Place!
Award granted at the International Primatological Society Congress in Vietnam
July 2014 Leonie is born to grad student Andrea Drager!
Congratulations to Andrea and Boris!!
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 West and Central Africa, the Mariana Islands, and Madagascar
Some Recent Publications (undergraduates underlined, * indicates graduate student):
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. (in press) Assessing the impacts of nonrandom seed dispersal by multiple frugivore partners on plant recruitment. Ecology **preprint**
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): 23122320. **[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)
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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Research in the News
Tropical Ecology and Conservation