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
Jamie Kass published in Ecological Applications

Jamie Kass and others published a new article about using distribution modeling and support vector machines to improve area occupancy estimates for parapatric species.

20 January, 2020

Wallace v. now on CRAN

A new version of Wallace is now available on CRAN. Wallace v. provides options to turn clamping on/off when using the maxent.jar modeling module. 

09 December, 2020

Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago presented Wallace at two Colombian university courses

In November 2020, Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago talked about Wallace in ecological modelling courses at two
Colombian universities.

November, 2020

Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago presents Humboldt Day video
"Rodents in the sky-with-Islands" 

In September 2020, CCNY graduate students participated in Humboldt Day celebration by communicating their research via videos. Lab Member Gonzalo Pinilla-Buitrago shared his video "Rodents in the sky-with-island". 

16 September, 2020

Lab members participate in workshop on software for biodiversity conservation 

In October 2020, lab members participated in a virtual workshop led by our partners at the American Museum of Natural History and Instituto Humboldt Colombia to gain feedback on the development version of the Wallace software and its extensions for conservation biology.

03 November, 2020

Robert Anderson and other published a paper in Frontiers of Biogeography

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".

19 October, 2020





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