Microbiome Biology & Species Interactions
We ask how human stressors impact biodiversity and how these impacts can be mitigated. Stressors investigated include climate change, habitat fragmentation, invasive species, pollution, and modification of natural disturbance regimes.

Michelle E. Afkhami

Asst. Professor

mea187@miami.edu

My lab studies the ecology, evolution, and genomics of species interactions at scales ranging from genes to communities using a combination of long term field and greenhouse experiments, mathematical modeling, and laboratory-based molecular methods. While our research spans all types of interactions, we are especially interested in positive...

‌Don DeAngelis

Research Professor

ddeangelis@miami.edu

(305) 284-1690

Kenneth Feeley

Assoc. Professor

kxf347@miami.edu

I study the ecology and biogeography of tropical forests. Specifically, my research is focused on how the structure, dynamics, composition, and geographic distribution of tropical forests (and their constituent tree species) are affected by large-scale anthropogenic disturbances such as climate change, deforestation, and habitat fragmentation....

Michael Stephen Gaines

Professor
Assistant Provost of Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach

m.gaines@miami.edu

(305) 284-5058
Michael Gaines is assistant provost of undergraduate research and community outreach. Dr. Gaines is director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Education Program. The major goal of the program is to increase the number of disadvantaged students in biomedical research careers. He also directs an NIH Bridge Program between the...

Mauro Galetti Rodrigues

Assoc. Professor

mxr2210@miami.edu

(305) 284-3468
Dr. Mauro Galetti is a tropical ecologist at the University of Miami and Director of the Gifford Arboretum. His current research centers broadly on the effects of animal extinction on key ecological, evolutionary and ecosystem processes. Current understanding of the effects of animal extinction and the cascading effects in terrestrial ecosystems...

Kevin Grant McCracken

Assoc. Professor

k.mccracken@miami.edu

(305) 284-9058
KUSHLAN CHAIR IN WATERBIRD BIOLOGY & CONSERVATION AREAS OF FOCUS Evolutionary Biology Tropical Ecology

Kathleen Sullivan Sealey

Assoc. Professor

ksealey@miami.edu

(305) 284-3013
My research over four decades has been governed by the laws of thermodynamics –specifically the balance and transformations of matter and energy.  My experiences have grown into three current major research areas for the past decade: a) Coastal Restoration Ecology, b) Coastal ecosystem services and c) Small Island development...

Christopher A Searcy

Asst. Professor

cas383@miami.edu

My lab is engaged in conservation ecology, the use of ecological principles to answer questions related to basic ecological theory, while also informing conservation practices and management of threatened or endangered species. We are particularly interested in utilizing the most up-to-date mathematical models and statistical methods to inform...

Barbara Whitlock

Assoc. Professor

b.whitlock@miami.edu

(305) 284-3512
The primary goal of my research is to understand the origins of plant diversity. I use phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequence data in combination with information from morphology, anatomy, and ecology to understand the timing and direction of changes in floral and vegetative traits, geographic distribution, and diversification rates. My students...