Onja’s paper chosen as featured article by the American Society of Primatologists

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Onja awarded  IFS  and Rufford Foundation research grants !

Onja  Razafindratsima was awarded grants from the International Foundation for Science  and Rufford Foundation for her research in Madagascar’s southeastern rainforests.

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Two recent articles from the dunham group make journal cover

Razafindratsima et al. (2014) American Journal of Primatology  

Dunham, A.E., et al. 2013. Journal of Evolutionary Biology  

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Emily Wheeler wins best EEB poster at RURS!

She explored the predictive value of phylogeny and traits for extinction and endangerment  risk in Madagascar's lemurs

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Rogers (PI), Dunham, and Miller (UGuam) receive NSF grant

Grant is to study effects of disperser loss on  forest gap-dynamics. Visit the Ecology of Bird Loss webpage to learn more

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Onja Razafindratsima named Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Scholar (again)

In addition to this prestigious fellowship, Onja also received the Garden Club of America Award in Tropical Botany and a Rufford Grant  to support her research  in Madagascar and the Davidson-Christoph award from OTS to attend the 2013 ATBC meeting.

 

 

 

Welcome to our lab at Rice University!

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We are a group of ecologists interested in tropical ecology and conservation biology. Our work focuses on  behavioral, 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

 

 

 

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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, 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

Bagdassarian, C., Dunham, A., Raucher, D. and Brown, C. 2007. Biodiversity maintenance in food webs with regulatory environmental feedbacks. Journal of Theoretical Biology, (4):705-14 **[PDF]**

 

Dunham, A. E., &  Akηakaya, R. H. 2006. Using scalar models for precautionary assessments of threatened species. Conservation Biology 20 (5), 1499–1506  **[PDF]**

 

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