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Lots of excitement! Summer 2018 Lab News.

It’s been an exciting time in the Blois lab recently!
* Jessica found out she was awarded tenure, which will become effective July 1st.
* Eric recently had his first paper from his dissertation work accepted, forthcoming in the Journal of Biogeography. This paper explores the past potential range shifts among North American mammals, and whether they are associated with climate velocity or dispersal ability.
* Robert submitted his first paper from the lab, on examining the challenges of niche modeling when we potentially have too many occurrences rather than too few.
* We will be joined in September by new postdoc Mairin Balisi! Mairin is finishing her PhD at UCLA and recently got an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology to work with Jessica and Emily Lindsey at the La Brea Tar Pits (primarily supervised by Emily). Many congrats to Mairin! More on her work coming soon.

Past and future climate novelty

We’ve got a new paper out!  Collaborator Matt Fitzpatrick and Jessica, with other collaborators on our NSF-funded Community Paleomodeling project, co-lead a project to compare the estimates of future climate novelty with those from the past.  Here’s a link to the paper. Spoiler alert: future climate novelty by AD 2100 meets or exceeds climate novelty over the past 21,000 years.

New review paper on multiresponse algorithms!

Our review paper “Multiresponse algorithms for community-level modeling: review of theory, applications, and comparison to species distribution models” is available in Online Early today! This paper was spearheaded by Diego Nieto-Lugilde, a postdoc on the community paleomodels project with Matt Fitzpatrick. Check it out, and email Jessica if you need a pdf copy of the paper.