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Principal Investigator

Michael Reed
Reed Research Group

Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Tufts University, Medford
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Current Students

Charles Van Rees
, Current Ph.D. Student
My research focuses on how human land use affects extinction risk in fragmented landscapes. I am particularly interested in wetland ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them, especially waterbirds. I primarily study movement behavior as a key determinant for how anthropogenic landscape change affects wildlife populations and their ability to persist in altered environments. My dissertation focuses on the Hawaiian gallinule, an endangered waterbird endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, and whether urban development has impacted their movement rates, population connectivity, and extinction risk. As a doctoral fellow for Tufts’ Water Diplomacy IGERT, I also study how ecological science can be better integrated into modern interdisciplinary water management frameworks.
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Matt Kamm
, Current Ph.D. Student
Humanity has tremendous power to alter our environment, for better or for worse. In the United States, restrictions on hunting and the ban of DDT were crucial first steps to safeguarding our natural heritage, but we are now in an age where the causes of decline in wildlife populations are not always so clear. I'm interested in investigating what causes wildlife populations to decline and what we can do to better detect and halt these declines. Specifically, I am interested in attempting to understand and quantify the oft-cited specter of "habitat loss" - how much habitat needs to be lost, at what scales, to cause a serious decline in population? My focal species for this work is the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), a widespread falcon that is currently declining in many parts of its US range. I am also interested in how factors such as invasive species and predation affect wildlife populations, and in the statistical 'early warning' signals that may be detectable in the trends of declining populations.
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Jessica Rozek, Current Ph.D. Student
I am a PhD student and doctoral fellow for Tufts' Water Diplomacy IGERT. My research interests involve assessing risk and vulnerability and developing tools that help quantify or predict risk for species and habitats. Examples of methods I am currently using include predictive geospatial models, network analysis and statistical early warning signals of extinction. I am particularly interested in wetland loss along the Atlantic Flyway, especially in the Caribbean, and how this affects migrating shore and water birds. In addition, I am interested in interdisciplinary social-ecological approaches to investigate human-wetland-bird interactions and potential mutual gains for people and wildlife.
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