People

Adam B. Smith

Adam B. Smith, Associate Scientist: Adam addresses the impacts global change (climate change, land use/land cover, invasive specie, etc.) will have on individual species and their communities and means by which human intervention can facilitate adaptive responses.

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Matthew Austin, Ph.D.

Matthew Austin (Postdoc, 2020-2022): Matthew is a postdoc with the Living Earth Collaborative studying how climate-induced flowering phenology shifts impact interspecific pollen transfer and the evolution of mating systems. Matthew is broadly interested in how pollination systems respond to environmental variability and graduated from the University of Missouri—Saint Louis. (Sponsored by the Living Earth Collaborative.)

Kelsey Bartlett (Research Intern, 2020-present): Kelsey is doing the complicated, detailed task of georeferencing herbarium records of Ascelpias (milkweeds) while also camera trapping wildlife (with another lab) and working as a student at George Washington University.


Stephen Murphy

Dr. Stephen Murphy (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2020): Stephen is interested in combining aspects of biogeography and macroecology with his ongoing work in community ecology. Stephen graduated from Ohio State University, and is now supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services for developing and testing methods for using vaguely georeferenced and dated herbarium and natural history museum records.


Kelley Erickson

Dr. Kelley Erickson (Postdoctotal Fellow, 2018-present): Kelley is a postdoc working on a project sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services to use erstwhile “unusable” museum and herbarium records in species distribution models. She has a background in invasive species demography and graduated from the University of Miami.


David Henderson (Ph.D. Student on rotation, Spring 2019): David is a grad student on rotation as part of his degree at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is broadly interested in global change. His project in our lab entails understanding how the common practice of discarding “vaguely” georeferenced specimens before analysis affects estimates of range size and niche breadth.


Tom Collins

Tom Collins (Conservation Intern, summer 2018): Tom worked on an exploratory project to predict the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on urban sprawl and conservation land.  (Sponsored by the Alan Graham Fund in Global Change.)


Renee Klann

Renee Klann (REU Participant, summer 2018): Renee was a participant in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program in which she completed a project on poaching threatened/rare plant species. (Sponsored by the NSF.)


Camilo Sanin

Dr. Camilo Sanín (Postdoctotal Fellow, 2016-2017): Camilo developed the bayesLopod modeling system which can use erstwhile “unusable” natural history museum records in species distribution models. (Sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.)


Renata Diaz

Renata Diaz (Conservation Intern, summer 2017): Renata is a seasoned field biologist who, while in the Global Change Lab, examined how well we can predict threats to rare plants from readily-available GIS data. (Sponsored by the Alan Graham Fund in Global Change.)


Mimi Kessler

Dr. Mimi Kessler (Spatial Analyst, 2016-2017): Mimi Kessler is originally from San Diego County, California. She earned her Ph.D. in Biology from Arizona State University for work that involved analysis of the movements and habitat use of endangered bird populations. While in the Global Change Lab, Mimi examined spatially-varying controls on the range of the climate-sensitive North American pika (Ochotona princeps).


Haydee Hernandez-Yanez

Haydée Hernández-Yáñez (Conservation Intern, 2014-2015): Haydée is a methodological virtuoso who assessed threats to all of the rare plants of the United States. (Sponsored by the Alan Graham Fund in Global Change.)