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Melbourne, Brett Andrew Associate Professor

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Research

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  • 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

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Teaching

courses taught

  • EBIO 1220 - General Biology 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides a concentrated introduction to organisms, homeostasis, development, behavior, and ecology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts,and questions. Intended for science majors. Recommended prerequisite: EBIO 1210 (minimum grade C-).
  • EBIO 3010 - Teaching Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides an opportunity to assist in teaching of specific lecture or laboratory section in EBIO under direct faculty supervision. Students must first make arrangements with the appropriate faculty member and turn in a form to the EBIO office. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.
  • EBIO 5460 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as EBIO 4460.
  • EBIO 6300 - Seminar in Organismic Biology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.

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International Activities

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

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