This year we have two international researchers spending the whole year with us.

Our Brazilian connection continues with Dr. Eliana Cazetta, a Professor from Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Bahia, Brazil. Eliana and her students study biodiversity patterns and processes in human-modified landscapes. She joins the lab for a sabbatical year, during which time she will study the responses of tree diversity to forest loss using an impressive dataset from the Atlantic forest of Brazil.

Ben Li is a PhD candidate from China who will spend a year in the lab thanks to a Chinese program that funds PhD students to spend part of their degrees abroad. Ben studies amphibians in the parks of Shanghai, and in surrounding agricultural landscapes. He is quantifying their species-area relationship, and he is studying the role of landscape heterogeneity on amphibian species richness, abundance, and body condition.