Extinction rates soar, and the texture of life changes.

 Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
To a great extent humans dominate current ecological and evolutionary processes.  As a consequence there is a growing slice of biodiversity that is forever lost to extinction. At the same time, another slice of biodiversity rides the wave of globalization expanding its presence and influence across the globe.  These dual trends profoundly transform global biodiversity, producing ecological and evolutionary outcomes that are only just beginning to come into focus.  Our group documents and explores this transition in biodiversity using a variety of inter-disciplinary research techniques, seeking to apply our insights to the task of conserving and sustainably managing valuable ecosystems.

Lab News

Julie and co-PI Christina Romagosa recently heard the great news that SESYNC funded our efforts to explore the link between the trade in pets and invasion of vertebrate species in the United States. The Pursuit will include three workshop meetings over the next two years, and it will bring in top-notch policy makers and scientists from North America and Australia. 

Invasion science horizon scan.  Julie was one of 12 international scientists participating in a workshop on the future of invasion science held at Cambridge University this September.  The workshop was organized by Anthony Ricciardi and David Alderidge.  The meeting was productive and a lot of fun!

Can oyster aquaculture and red knots co-exist along New Jersey's Bayshore?  In collaboration with Brooke Maslo, Dave Bushek, and Joanna Burger, we are exploring how migrating red knots respond to inter-tidal oyster aquaculture activities.

Are Bermuda bluebirds native to the island?  A cool article in Scientific American on part of Julian Avery's dissertation. 

Coastal Conservation is now available!  An volume edited with Brooke Maslo where we bring together top-notch researchers to consider the challenges in conserving one of Earth's most valuable and compelling ecosystems.