Robert A. Deans
I'm broadly interested in community ecology and natural history. I'm currently studying how non-random dispersal (aka habitat selection or habitat choice) affects stability in metacommunities. The goal of my dissertation is to address the following questions:
1. How does habitat selection affect resistance and resilience of community and ecosystem properties after a disturbance?
2. Does habitat selection affect spatial asynchrony and population persistence?
3. When might habitat selection be de-stabilizing?
I am exploring these questions mostly through experimental work in outdoor mesocosms that mimic small freshwater ponds or rock pools (and the associated community of aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, and amphibians), but I'm trying to branch out into the world of theoretical modeling as well.
In my free time, I really enjoy camping and hiking with the intent to see wildlife (especially herps and insects). I'm getting into photography as well.