Quantitative Invasion Ecology Research

in the Hauber Lab at Hunter College

New York City, NY

I am a doctoral student in the Animal Behavior & Comparative Psychology training area within the Psychology program at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. 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; conversely, some bird species are also facing the extinction due to the some 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 co-advised by Dr. Mark Hauber of Hunter College & Dr. Julie Lockwood at Rutgers University.

Contact Information: rp765@hunter.cuny.edu