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.


Our research in the News

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Julie joined Ret Talbot on his Beyond Data podcast to talk about invasion ecology and the debates surrounding the net impacts of non-native species like brown trout. 

 

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Julie served as a Lead Author on the America's Report on the role of biodiversity in providing ecosystem services produced by the United Nations Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).  She provided expertise on the role of invasive species in biodiversity transformations.  Check out the full IPBES report and spread the word on how critical biodiversity conservation is to our collective future. 

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Where will the brood parasitic pin-tailed whydah establish in North America?  Rob Crystal-Ornelas' dissertation research provides key insights into the answer as highlighted in Science and published in The Condor.  Rob's research has also made it to the New York Times!

 
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Our research on using eDNA as a powerful tool to survey for insect pests when they are very rare as published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment was highlighted within Scientific American.  Congrats Rafael and the whole InSITe team! (Photo:  Anne Neilsen)

 
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For wildlife, climate change brings a mixed bag.  Julie and fellow Rutgers Ecology Professor Malin Pinsky provide some context for the fate of animals within this article from the Christian Science Monitor (Photo: U.S. National Park Service)