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Melbourne, Brett Andrew Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • My research is motivated by the broad question of how to best maintain biodiversity on Earth. I focus on how biodiversity is generated, maintained, or destroyed by the interaction among organisms. My approach is interdisciplinary, combining biological experiments and empirical data with mathematics, statistics, and computer science. Key questions include how species respond to climate change, why species go extinct, and how invasive species spread. More technically, I study dynamics in space and time of natural systems, at two levels of biological organization - populations and communities. I develop theory in the form of mathematical models and connect these models to empirical data, which involves also developing new statistical and computational methods. Many important questions about biodiversity have two conspicuous features: an element of randomness and a spatial component. As a consequence, my research typically applies the mathematics of stochastic spatial systems.

keywords

  • mathematical ecology, ecology of populations and communities, biodiversity, conservation, invasion, extinction, climate change, ecological data science

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • EBIO 1220 General Biology 2 (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 2840 Independent Study: Lower Division (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 3010 Teaching Biology (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 4840 Independent Study: Upper Division (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 4870 Independent Research: Upper Division (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 5840 Independent Study (Master's Level) (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 6840 Independent Research (Master's Level) (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 6940 Master's Degree Candidate - Plan II (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 7840 Independent Study (Doctoral Level) (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 8840 Independent Research (Doctoral Level) (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • EBIO 2840 Independent Study: Lower Division (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 3930 Internship (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 4840 Independent Study: Upper Division (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 4870 Independent Research: Upper Division (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 5460 Special Topics (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 5840 Independent Study (Master's Level) (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 6840 Independent Research (Master's Level) (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 6940 Master's Degree Candidate - Plan II (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 7840 Independent Study (Doctoral Level) (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 8840 Independent Research (Doctoral Level) (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • EBIO 1220 General Biology 2 (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 2840 Independent Study: Lower Division (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 3010 Teaching Biology (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 4840 Independent Study: Upper Division (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 4870 Independent Research: Upper Division (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 5840 Independent Study (Master's Level) (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 6300 Seminar in Organismic Biology (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 6840 Independent Research (Master's Level) (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 6940 Master's Degree Candidate - Plan II (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 7840 Independent Study (Doctoral Level) (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 8840 Independent Research (Doctoral Level) (Spring 2018)
  • EBIO 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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