Lise Comte (PI)
School of Biological Sciences
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4120 Normal, IL 61790
Office: SLB 419; Phone office: 309-438-3120
Alain Danet (postdoc)
My research interests span all aspects of community ecology, with an emphasis on species interactions and biodiversity temporal trends. I try to develop both theoretical and empirical approaches and I believe that consequent conceptual advances in Ecology come from the close integration of those two approaches. I investigated how plant-plant interactions, and particularly positive interactions, affect community structure, species coexistence and ecosystem stability. I also worked on the effect of food-web structure on community biomass and its temporal stability. Currently, I investigate how changes in different facets of biodiversity are related to each other in fish communities worldwide and what these relationships imply for freshwater conservation.
Co-advised with Xingli Giam & Julian Olden
Juan David Carvajal (postdoc iDiv)
My research focuses on understanding how distribution patterns of biodiversity are achieved and how global environmental change is affecting and may reshape them, with an special emphasis on freshwater fishes. To do this, I use and integrate different data types and theoretical frameworks that allow me to explore different perspectives of the origin, maintenance, and reshaping of biodiversity. I am also interested in the application of this knowledge to support conservation and decision making in tackling the main problems faced by people and nature today. Currently, I am working on the reconstruct of time series of species interaction networks (SIN) to identify the spatio-temporal trends and drivers of changes of SIN during the Anthropocene.
Co-advised with Ulrich Brose, Xingli Giam & Pablo Tedesco
Based at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research – iDiv – Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany
Brunno F. Oliveira (postdoc CESAB)
Brunno Oliveira is a post-doc at FRB/CESAB (France), working on the BIOSHIFTS project. In BIOSHIFTS, he investigates patterns and magnitude of biodiversity redistribution on Earth; whether this processes vary across ecosystems, taxonomic groups, or environmental contexts. Brunno is broadly interested in the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that jointly shape the distribution of life on Earth. He manipulates and analyzes large datasets on species distributions, traits, phylogenies, and remote sensing generated variables to gain a more mechanistic understanding on the origin of diversity patterns, with the ultimate goal to predict how ongoing environmental changes can impact biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, including ecosystem services beneficial for humans.
Co-advised with Gael Grenouillet. Based at the Centre de Synthèse et d’Analyse sur la Biodiversité – CESAB- Montpellier, France
–> Personal web page: https://oliveirabrunno.wordpress.com/
Undergraduate students – 2022
Cailyn Haubein (Biology major) – Literature-based searches to describe the dispersal ability of species belonging to various taxonomic groups.
Steven Demma (Statistics major) – Explore the use of a statistical model to predict water temperature for streams and rivers in Illinois.
Ava Darter-Krantz (Biology major) – Geographic and taxonomic biases in climate change redistribution research.
Phil Avella (MS student)
My research sought to estimate the sensitivity of biotic interactions to future climate change, with a special focus on freshwater fish communities.
Lucas Do (research scientist)
My research project in the lab was on comparing the projected velocity of climate change with population dispersal rates to estimate the vulnerability of freshwater fish in Illinois. Understanding which species and communities are vulnerable to climate impacts – and how those impacts interact with other threats such as water quality and invasive species – can inform better conservation and adaptation measures.