Spatial and Quantitative Ecology
My research centers on using quantitative tools to test hypotheses and answer questions about spatial ecology and animal movements for conservation purposes, particularly in fragmented landscapes. I rely on a combination of fieldwork and spatial modeling to conduct my research.
My PhD research focused on modeling spatial patterns of animal seed dispersal. For my dissertation, I conducted fieldwork on toucans and seed dispersal in a fragmented agricultural landscape in Costa Rica. I created a spatially-explicit, individual-based model (SEADS) to explore patterns of seed dispersal in theoretical and empirical systems. My current postdoctoral research centers on bobcat (Lynx rufus) spatial ecology and movement modeling in Indiana.
Other current and past research projects include: a new method for calculating triangulations, monitoring secretive marsh birds with automatic recording units (ARUs), raptor bill shape evolutionary ecology, and calcium dynamics in Ring-necked Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus). See my research page for more details. Feel free to contact me at the following email address:
jone1797 at purdue.edu