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

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

Rob Anderson & Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago co-author new R package paper

Rob Anderson and Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago co-authored along with many institutional collaborations a paper presenting maskRangeR, a new R package to estimate current species' geographic distributions. Access the early view paper here

23 March, 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

Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago awarded CUNY Dissertation Fellowship 

Gonzalo E. Pinilla Buitrago was granted with Dissertation Fellowship award CUNY Gradate Center. This award for the academic year 2022-2023 will allow him to continue writing his dissertation.

23 March, 2022

Robert Anderson & Gonzalo Pinilla contribute to online SDM course & publication 

Paper published in Biodiversity Informatics describing ENM2020, a free online course that produced comprehensive archived material on modeling species niches and distributions. Robert Anderson and Gonzalo Pinilla contributed to the course and paper. Access full article here.

09 March, 2022

Bethany Johnson joins the Anderson Lab as a master's student

The Anderson lab gives a warm welcome to Bethany Johnson as their newest graduate student. We are excited to have her join the CCNY master's program and develop her master's research in our lab.

01 February, 2022





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