My primary research focus is the conservation of native biodiversity, including ecological surveys, habitat and population modeling, and conservation planning and management. This research combines ecological fieldwork with the application of quantitative techniques, such as G.I.S., habitat modeling, and risk assessment, to address conservation issues across many scales, temporal and spatial.
Root Lab in the news:
- BG Independent News: BGSU professor says key to biodiversity may be in our own backyards
- BGSU News: Root to Lead Society for Conservation Biology North America
- The Toledo Blade: BGSU Student Sees Conservation Potential in Roadkill
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My students and I study a wide variety of species in many different ecosystems examining where they live, identifying what they need for long-term viability, and developing recommendations for conservation and management. We have been focusing our attention lately on the biodiversity hotspot of the Oak Openings Region in Northwest Ohio.
I teach a number of courses including: Ecology, Conservation Biology in Practice, Wildlife Biology, Fundamentals of Ecology (graduate course), and graduate seminars in ecology and conservation biology topics (e.g., Applied Population Ecology, Conservation Behavior, Population Viability Analysis).