Principal Investigator

Carla Staver, Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows
Josh Daskin is a community and conservation ecologist whose research focuses on (1) how seasonal flooding affects vegetation structure, animal dispersal, and human uses of tropical ecosystems, and (2) how war and its aftermath affect wildlife populations, habitat loss, and investment in conservation. At Yale, Josh holds a Donnelley Post-Doctoral Environmental Fellowship. He completed his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. [website] [contact]

Maggie Simon a theoretical ecologist interested in understanding how spatial and temporal variability in system components generate emergent behavior. She received her PhD from UCLA where she studied the impact of thermal temporal variability on species coexistence translated through population-level thermal trait responses. At Yale, she uses mathematical models to understand how the interaction between different spatial processes (positive feedback processes occurring within savanna and positive feedback processes occurring within forest) mediate the outcome of interaction between mesic savanna and tropical forest ecotones. [contact]

Yong Zhou is a soil biogeochemist and interested in how soil biogeochemical cycles respond to global environmental changes. He received his PhD from Texas A&M where he studied savanna dynamics and their influence on landscape-scale C, N, and P biogeochemistry. At Yale, he will combine remote sensing to estimate changes in woody cover in African savannas, field work to quantify belowground C stocks, and modeling to establish linkages between the two. [contact]

Anabelle Cardoso is interested in the ecology of savanna ecosystems, specifically in fire-vegetation interactions and in the landscape-scale drivers of fire behaviour. She received her PhD from The University of Oxford where she studied how fire and forest elephants affect forest-savanna boundaries in a mosaicked landscape in Gabon in Central Africa. At Yale, she will be investigating the processes that determine the size of individual fires, and how these scale up to determine the distribution of fire sizes continentally. [contact]
Graduate Students

Maddy Case is interested in interactions between plant communities, disturbance, and global change. She is excited about both empirical and theoretical approaches to plant ecology. Maddy received her A.B. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from Princeton University. She has done field work in plant ecology in North America, South America, and Africa, and spent a year as a 2012-2013 Luce Scholar developing environmental education programs in Vietnam. [contact]

Arielle Biro is interested in understanding how plant-microbe interactions can contribute to savanna-forest ecosystem dynamics. She aims to understand how microbial communities can vary between savannas and forests, differentially impacting soil processes, plant growth, and ecosystem function. Arielle received her B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Binghamton University, where she had worked on legume-rhizobia symbioses. [contact]
Past Lab Grad Students and Postdocs
2014-2017, postdoc. Julie Aleman. Visiting Scientist, University of Montreal.