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In the Anderson lab, we conduct interdisciplinary biogeographic research at various levels of biological organization, as well as promote human diversity in environmental biology. The overreaching research theme is to characterize the spatial configuration of environmental suitability for species, and study its ecological, evolutionary and practical consequences. This includes applications to conservation as well as the effects of climate change on biodiversity. To do so, we have been deeply involved in the development and use of methods for modeling species niches and distributions. Our current projects focus on the small mammals of the northern Neotropics and development of software for ecological modeling, the latter currently funded by the National Science Foundation. Recently, we have extended into the study of organismal traits in biogeography (as drivers of community composition; and with regard to local climatic adaptation). We embrace human diversity; our ‘home base’ is the highly multicultural CCNY, part of one of the most diverse, tolerant, and intellectually vibrant cities in the world.

Recent News

Wallace v2 published in Ecography 

Jamie Kass, Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago, Andrea Paz, Bethany Johnson, Valentina Grisales-Betancour, Sarah Meenan, Mary Blair, Robert Anderson, and other collaborators publish the second version of #WallaceEcoMod in Ecography. See the early view paper here.

16 January, 2023

Bethany Johnson, Jamie Kass & Gonzalo Pinilla co-author new R package paper

Bethany Johnson, Jamie Kass and Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago were coauthors on a paper presenting the new R package changeRangeR (manuscript lead by Peter J. Galante and Mary Blair at the American Museum of Natural History), which allows obtaining reproducible biodiversity change metrics from species distribution estimates. Access the paper here.

19 December, 2022

Erica Johnson accepted into the NYS Assembly Graduate Intern Program

Erica Johnson is one of the ten applicants accepted into the 2023 NYS Assembly Graduate Intern Program. This program provides interns the opportunity to serve as full-time staff during legislative session, assisting in policy analysis, legislative research, communications, and constituent services. More info here.

18 November, 2022

Rob Anderson publishes in Conservation Biology

Rob Anderson publishes a paper in Conservation Biology presenting a framework (and research agenda) for calculating unbiased estimates of Area of Occupancy (AOO) for IUCN Red List assessment. Acess the early view paper here.

17 November, 2022

Bethany Johnson wins poster prize at 2022 International Biogeography Conference

Bethany Johnson wins poster prize among graduate students worldwide at International Biogeography Conference for her work on using models of species distributions for conservation assessments. See more here.

13 June, 2022

Jamie Kass & Rob Anderson contributed to Global Change Biology publication

Jamie Kass and Rob Anderson collaborated with visitng scholar Javier Morente-Lopez and others on a paper linking correlative niche models and experimental approaches to study adaptation, published in Global Change Biology. Acces the early view paper here.

18 May, 2022





Department of Biology, 526 Marshak Science Building, 160 Convent Ave.

City College of New York, City University of New York

New York, NY 10031

Robert Anderson office (817 Marshak): (212) 650-8504

Research laboratory (810 Marshak): (212) 650-8424

Robert Anderson at AMNH (Mammalogy): (212) 769-5989



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