The Ecological Society of America recently held their 101st annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, just north of Miami. Needless to say, the meeting’s location resulted in a strong contingent of ecologists from FIU and the Feeley Lab. Past and present lab members who showcased research included (in chronological order):
PhD candidate Timothy Perez who presented a poster on the patterns of community assembly in the genus Piper along an elevational gradient in Peru.
PhD candidate James Stroud gave two talks – the first was on the use of citizen science to conduct lizard surveys, while the second explored how unique competitive evolutionary histories may influence priority effects and the assemblage of novel anole communities.
Paulo Olivas, a past Feeley Lab post-doc and now a research associate at FIU, presented a talk entitled “Differential growth and physiological responses to water level and soil type in two dominant Everglades macrophyes, Cladium jamaicense and Muhlenbergia capilaris”.
Ken Feeley presented a synthesis of research
he has conducted with collaborators in Peru, Costa Rica, and Colombia that has investigated the up-slope shift in the distributions of tropical montane tree species in response to climate change.
Evan Rehm, a former Feeley Lab PhD student, presented research from his current post-doctoral position at Colorado State University, where he is working with collaborators to investigate how the loss of native avifauna can have cascading effects on the forest community. Evan’s talk discussed how to determine the seed dispersal services of avian frugivores to guide rewilding efforts on tropical islands.
Follow the links for each respective presenter to learn more about their research.