Caz Taylor’s Spatial Ecology Lab

Welcome to Caz Taylor’s Spatial Ecology lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University.  We investigate the spatial dynamics of populations, communities and food webs.  Theoretical research includes the development and analysis of Population Network Models and connectivity of migratory populations.  Current research projects include the Migratory Shorebird Ecology along coastal Gulf of MexicoSpatial Ecology of Blue Crabs in the Gulf of Mexico, Movement and Population Dynamics of Monarch Butterflies, and the Urban Ecology of New Orleans. We are starting a new project studying monarch butterflies and their migration patterns. Former projects include Movement Ecology of Tree Swallows.


June 2016: Congratulations to Sarah Giltz on being named a 2017 Knauss Fellow! Sarah will be moving to Washington DC next February to begin her fellowship.

Sarah Giltz and Alex Ameen give talks at the State of the Coast conference in New Orleans. You can read about Sarah’s work on the effects of Ocean acidification on blue crab larvae here.

May 2016: Former lab members get jobs! Congratulations to Andrew Laughlin on his tenure track Assistant Professor position at University of North Carolina, Asheville! And Congratualtions to Jessica Henkel on her appointment as an Ecosystem Science Specialist  at the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.

 March 2016: A new article, by Caz Taylor, former graduate student Andrew Laughlin and collaborator Richard Hall is published in Journal of Animal Ecology and introduces a new way to model migration, a Migratory Flow Network.

January 2016: We welcome new PhD student, Christen Steele to the lab!

November 2015: Caz Taylor and colleagues have their work “Using local dispersal data to reduce bias in annual apparent survival and mate fidelity”, published in Condor!

October 2015: Congratulations to our former lab member Jessica Henkel who’s article “Migration strategy predicts stopover ecology in shorebirds on the northern Gulf of Mexico” in the journal Animal Migration was featured in this ScienceDaily press release!