Present members of the Global Change Conservation Lab

Adam B. SmithDr. Adam B. Smith (Associate Scientist, CV)

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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Stephen MurphyDr. Stephen Murphy (postdoc, 2018-present)

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 EricksonDr. Kelley Erickson (postdoc, 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.

Past members of the Global Change Lab

David Henderson (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.

Current position: Graduate student, Washington University in Saint Louis


Tom CollinsTom 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.)

Present position: Student at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.



Renee KlannRenee 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.)

Present position: Student at Smith College.


Camilo SaninDr. Camilo Sanín (postdoc, 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 Sciences.)

Present position: Developer at MapBox.


Renata DiazRenata Diaz (intern, summer 2017)

Renata is a season 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.)

Present position: Graduate student in the WEE Lab at the University of Florida.


Mimi KesslerDr. 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).

Present position: Project Director of the Eurasian Bustard Alliance.


Haydee Hernandez-YanezHaydée 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.)

Present position: Data Manager at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.