The research in the lab seeks to understand why species occur where they do, and what makes them vulnerable to global environmental changes. To answer these questions, we combine both ecological and evolutionary theories to study the processes shaping species niches, the fluctuations in geographical range limits through space and time and the reshuffling of communities. We are also interested in the application of this knowledge to inform conservation and management to better anticipate biodiversity responses in a rapidly changing world. We study freshwater ecosystems – which are sadly among the most threatened ecosystems on Earth – with a special emphasis on freshwater fishes. However, our research interests are diverse and span well beyond streams and rivers!
Interested in freshwater biodiversity research and conservation biogeography? We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic graduate students (MS and PhD) to join us! Prospective students are encouraged to contact Lise Comte to discuss possible projects:
Contact Dr Lise Comte School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University Campus Box 4120 Normal, IL 61790 Phone office: 309-438-3120 Email: email@example.com