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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

Adam Eichenwald, Current Ph.D. Student
I focus on the overlap between community ecology and conservation biology. Species don't exist in isolation, they interact with one another through predation, competition, parasitism, and mutualism. My research examines how these interactions can inform our efforts to conserve ecosystems. The cornerstone of my work is community viability analysis, an extension of the popular tool population viability analysis. I am currently using this tool to predict how the loss of desert microrefugia (due to the decline of a keystone species) might impact the rest of the ecosystem both under current and climate change conditions. This research combines both mathematical modeling and surveys in the field.
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Jonah Levy
, Current Ph.D. Student
They/them pronouns. I am a first-year PhD student and Provost Leadership Fellow studying island introductions and the influence of land-use change on species-habitat relationships in boreal bird communities. I received my Bachelor's in 2018 from Williams College, where I studied cultural evolution in Savannah sparrows, and have made my way to Tufts via a series of migrations and dispersal events as a field technician--most recently with the Maine Breeding Bird Atlas. I'm especially passionate about the disjunct boreal communities of New England, and I am excited to continue research in this realm for the foreseeable future. Conservation of natural communities must reflect and bolster our uplift of human communities; thus, I'm also committed to building equity and justice frameworks into my conservation work.
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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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