Tropical Ecology & Evolution (TREE)

Michelle E. Afkhami

Asst. Professor

(305) 284-1796
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...

Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva

Chair of Geography and Regional Studies
Secondary Faculty in Biology

(305) 284-6890
Dr. José Maria Cardoso da Silva is a biogeographer who studies the relationships between socio-economic development and environmental conservation in tropical regions. In his research, he integrates concepts and theories from geography, ecology, biogeography, conservation science, sustainability science, and political science to explore...

‌Don DeAngelis

Research Professor

(305) 284-1690

Kenneth Feeley

Assoc. Professor

(305) 439-4062
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

Assistant Provost, Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring
Assistant Provost, Undergraduate Research and Community Outreach

(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

(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

(305) 284-9058

Kathleen Sullivan Sealey


(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

(305) 284-5412
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...

Cynthia Silveira

Asst. Professor

(305) 284-8142
My lab studies a long-known but poorly appreciated member of all microbiomes: bacteriophages. Phages, for short, are viruses that infect bacteria and are the most abundant and diverse biological entities on the planet. Yet, we have only scratched the surface of their biological significance: 50 to 90 % of phages genomes sequenced to date have no...

Nikki Traylor-Knowles

Asst. Professor
Secondary Faculty in Biology

(410) 905-5107
Secondary Faculty in the Department of Biology Nikki Traylor-Knowles is an Assistant of Marine Biology and Ecology at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. She is a cell biologist that studies the evolution of immunity, wound healing, and regeneration. Her lab uses techniques from cell biology, genomics,...

Barbara Whitlock

Assoc. Professor

(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...

Amy E Zanne


A large focus of my work is to examine how biotic interactions impact biogeochemical cycles. Specifically, I explore how plant traits and environmental conditions regulate decay agents (microbes, termites, solar radiation) to impact deadwood and ecosystem scale carbon cycling under current and future climates. I also study global macroevolution...