Congratulations to Kaitlin

AUCDif-mean-page-001…For winning the best early career poster award at the International Biogeography Society Meeting!

Jessica, Kaitlin, and Eric attended this year’s IBS meeting in Bayreuth, Germany to present posters on various research projects. Kaitlin’s poster, entitled  “Community level models outperform traditional species distribution models in no analog climates” won the award for best early career poster. Her co-authors were: Jessica Blois, Diego Nieto-Lugilde and Matt Fitzpatrick from the Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and Jack Williams from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Unfortunately we cannot post a picture of the entire poster right now, but here is one of the figures comparing CLMs to SDMs.

1st annual lab retreat!

   The Blois lab and friends went up to the Yosemite Field Station last weekend for the first annual lab retreat!  We spent two nights up there, eating good food, playing games, and hiking around Yosemite. The first night, we got to test out the new game Go Extinct!  The whole lab loved it! This … Continue reading

Blois lab welcomes Dr. Hillary Young to UC Merced

We are excited to welcome Hillary Young to UC Merced today.  Dr. Young is speaking in the Quantitative and Systems Biology seminar today on her work linking biodiversity to zoonotic pathogens.

Information about Dr. Young and her talk:

Cascading Effects of Biodiversity Loss Across Spatial Scales
Friday, 9/19
COB 267

Abstract: Biodiversity loss is known to cause strong cascading consequences on ecosystem functions and services. However the net impacts of human disturbance and biodiversity loss on zoonotic disease risk re- mains poorly understand. Here, working across multiple scales in an African savanna ecosystem, we examine the mechanisms by which wildlife loss and associated disturbance may impact prevalence of a range of zoonotic pathogens, and explore the potential for synergy between conservation and protection of human health.

Bio: Hillary Young is a community ecologist, and an assistant professor at University of California Santa Barbara. Her research is focused on understanding the effects of changes in biodiversity loss on population and community structure and function. She looks at this question in a variety of systems using a range of observational, experimental, and meta-analytical approaches.

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