Dr. Anthony Dell

Ecologist - NGRREC
Visting Scholar - Washington University in St Louis

twitter: @tonyidell

My research aims to better understand how species interact with each other and the physical environment, and the effect of these interactions on populations, communities, and ecosystems. I am becoming increasingly interested in understanding how humans are altering these relationships, and identifying ways these effects can be ameliorated. Being based at NGRREC on the banks of the Mississippi River provides a unique opportunity to understand these issues in the context of large river systems. 


Dr. Carl S. Cloyed

Postdoc - NGRREC
Visiting Scholar - Washington University in St Louis


Carl's research interests lay broadly in the intersection between the ecology and evolution on the niche. He is interested in how ecological pressures, such as competition, predation,  and resource availability, help shape evolutionary processes. His research interests focus on between individual resource variation, species coexistence, and stable isotope ecology.

Graduate Students


Ashley Olson

PhD Student - Federation University, Australia


Ashley is studying factors behind community assembly on Indo-Pacific islands. Using a unique dataset comprised of vertebrate distributions, as well as their trophic and evolutionary relationships, he hopes to determine what makes a successful colonist and the drivers behind species turnover in tropical island communities. 

Volunteers / Undergraduates / Interns

None currently, but we are always looking for new members to the lab. See the Opportunities page for more information. 

Lab Alumni


Dr. David Daversa (2015-2016) Worked on instraspecific variation in behavior of salamander larvae. Left for postdoc position at the University of Manchester. 

Dr. Tewodros Biresaw (2015-2016) Worked on all things computer vision related (system setup, automated tracking, behavioral annotation, etc). Left to work at autonomous vehicle development at Ford Motors.


Graduate Students

Tobias Lauermann (University of Göttingen) (2013-2014) The allometry of movement in a forest floor food web. 


Volunteers / Undergraduates / Interns

Elizabeth Green (Middlebury College) (Summer 2016) Movement ecology of amphibians.

Tracie Hayes (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) (Summer 2016) Temperature and size effects on movement and behavior in a freshwater snail. 

Oleksandr Loyko (City University of New York) (Summer 2016) Applications of 3D video (Microsoft Kinect) in ecology.

Laura Cappella (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) (Summer 2015) Used camera traps to monitor vertebrate assemble structure across the landscape. 

David Tilson (Virginia Polytechnic Institute) (Summer 2015) Used camera traps to monitor vertebrate assemble structure across the landscape. 

Ina-Kathrin Spey (University of Göttingen) (2013) Effects of temperature on use of a dispersal corridoor.

Sania Pouyanrad (UCLA) (2010-2012) Automated tracking of the functional response.

Dalit Yadegaran (UCLA) (2010-2012) Automated tracking of the functional response. 

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