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
Brian Maitner granted EEBs Best Student Paper award and the Peter Savvas Nelson Award
The PS Nelson Award recognizes a graduate student who demonstrates research excellence and service to the department
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. .....
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!
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, Madagascar and Peru.
Some Recent Publications :
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., 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
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), 14991506 **[PDF]**
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Research in the News
Tropical Ecology and Conservation