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

Robert Anderson and others published a paper in Frontiers of Biogeography

19 October 2020

Robert Anderson et al. published a new paper in Frontiers of Biogeography. "Optimizing biodiversity informatics to improve information flow, data quality, and utility for science and society". 

New NSF-funded project studying mammals of Mexican 'sky islands'

15 July 2020

The Anderson lab begins a new NSF biogeography project, studying mammals of Mexican 'sky islands' based on environmental history and species traits.

Wallace YouTube Channel

21 April 2020

The Wallace team is working to expand the content on the Wallace YouTube channel and plans to release more videos!

New standards for distribution models

16 January 2019

Robert Anderson is a co-author in the paper "Standards for distribution models in biodiversity assessments" in Science Advances. 5:eaat4858. Press release Video

Robert Anderson and others published a letter in Diversity and Distributions

9 January 2019

"Open access solutions for biodiversity journals: Do not replace one problem with another" in the Diversity and Distributions. 25:5–8.

Camilo Sanín and Robert Anderson published a new paper in The American Naturalist

12 December 2018

"A framework for simultaneous tests of abiotic, biotic, and historical drivers of species distributions: empirical tests for North American wood-warblers based on climate and pollen" in the American Naturalist. 192:E48-E61.

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