I started as a community ecologist interested in community assembly and species abundance patterns. Slowly, I've shifted more towards population ecology, particularly the consequences of sex-biased dispersal and other kinds of intraspecific variation. But I hope to apply those ideas back to community ecology one day!
Currently, I'm working on projects related to:
* The costs of sex-biased dispersal
* How habitat selection behavior affects responses to disturbance
* The dispersal behavior of male and female dragonflies
Some of these projects emerged from field surveys, while others have been driven by computer simulations, specifically individual-based models in the NetLogo language.
In my spare time, I'm an avid naturalist, chasing rare birds and butterflies throughout the state of Texas, and refining our understanding of their distributions. I contribute heavily towards citizen-science projects such as eBird (ebird.org), Odonata Central (odonatacentral.org), and iNaturalist (inaturalist.org).
I'm also a book-lover and a movie-lover, particularly of creative non-fiction and documentaries, with a never-ending pile of things to get to someday.
And though I acknowledge its total lunacy, I'm an incurable sports fan. I have some tiny side projects related to the statistical analysis of sports teams and players, particularly how to properly compare the true value of players with wholly different skill-sets.
If you're interested in chatting about any of these things, feel free to get in touch!
roger.w.shaw [at] utexas.edu