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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

Welcome back Lazaro!

The lab welcomes back collaborator Lazaro Guevera for a week of research on the effects of climate change and landscape connectivity on Mexican shrews!

 29 November, 2023

Welcome Andrew Gaier!

Andrew is starting his Ph.D. at CUNY Graduate Center and is excited to begin his research in the Anderson Lab!

23 August, 2023

Erica Johnson emerges victorious in doctoral dissertation defense

August witnessed the successful defense of Erica Johnson's doctoral dissertation, "Determining the Influence of Abiotic and Biotic Predictors on Ecological Niche Models." Her dedication and academic prowess shine through in this accomplishment.

18 August, 2023

Gonzalo E. Pinilla-Buitrago published in Ecological Informatics

Gonzalo has added another achievement to his list by publishing the first chapter of his research in Ecological Informatics. The chapter, titled "Predicting Potential Range Shifts Using Climatic Time Series and Niche Models: A Neotropical montane shrew's case," is a testament to his contributions to the field. More information here.

14 August, 2023

Bethany A. Johnson excels in Master of Science dissertation defense

July brought forth a moment of accomplishment as Bethany A. Johnson effectively defended her Master of Science dissertation. Her work, titled "A 'Neighborhood' Approach for Using Remotely Sensed Data to Post-Process Species Distribution Models for Conservation Assessments," showcases her dedication and expertise.

11 July, 2023

Gonzalo E. Pinilla-Buitrago successfully defends his doctoral dissertation

In June, Gonzalo E. Pinilla-Buitrago achieved a significant milestone as he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled "Expanding the Role of the Temporal Dimension in Ecological Niche Models: A Study on Mexican Montane Small Mammals."

28 June, 2023





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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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