Quantitative Invasion Ecology Research

in the Lockwood Lab at Rutgers University


I am a doctoral student in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University. I study the risk of introduction, spread, and impact for a variety of taxa of invasive species.  In general, I use birds as a model system because they have a long history of intentional introductions across the globe. Additionally, some bird species are also facing extinction due to the same processes by which invasive species are introduced.  If we can identify patterns that describe how the most visible and well documented taxa are moved through various vectors preceding their invasion, then we can better identify the incipient routes for more cryptic invasive species.

I am advised by Dr. Julie Lockwood at Rutgers University.

Contact Information: rjp266 at scarletmail.rutgers.edu