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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

Rob elected as a 2023 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

AAAS has announced Rob Anderson as a member of this year's newly elected class of Fellows. This is a distinguished lifetime honor within of the scientific community. This is a testament to all of the amazing work done by the Anderson Lab.

18 April, 2024

Andrew awarded Levine Fellowship

Andrew Gaier has been selected by the Division of Science at CCNY to receive a Bernard B. Levine Graduate Fellowship in Science and Mathematics.

4 April, 2024

Rob publishes new paper in Ecography

Rob Anderson is coauthored on a new paper in Ecography entitled "Top ten hazards to avoid when modeling species distributions: a didactic guide of assumptions, problems, and recommendations"

1 February, 2024

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. (Written by AI)

18 August, 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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