May 2014- Razafindratsima awarded Prestigious Autrey Fellowship and Schlumberger!
The Nettie S. Autrey Fellowship is given annually by the Graduate Council to a single graduate student at Rice in science or engineering who demonstrates outstanding achievement and promise. She was also granted a renewal for her Faculty for the Future Award from Schlumberger Foundation!
March 2014- Welcome Jordan Sinclair! a new Post Doc scholar, to our group
Jan 2014- Onjas paper chosen as featured article by the American Society of Primatologists
Dec 2014 - 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 Madagascars southeastern rainforests.
Welcome to our lab at Rice University!
Department of Biosciences, Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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, 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