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 Movement Ecology of Tree Swallows, Migratory Shorebird Ecology along coastal Gulf of MexicoSpatial Ecology of Blue Crabs in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Urban Ecology of New Orleans. We are starting a new project studying monarch butterflies and their migration patterns.


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!

August 2015: Former lab member Dr. Erin Grey, and current lab members Susan Chiasson, Caz Taylor and colleagues have their article on “Evaluation of the Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus, Megalopal Settlement and Condition during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” published in PloSONE. Lab members Caz Taylor and Jessica Henkel presented at the Waterbirds Meeting in Bar Harbor, ME. We welcome new PhD student, John Herbert to the lab.

June 2015: Former undergraduate lab member, Kyle Coblentz, has had his work “Influence of sediment characteristics on the composition of soft-sediment intertidal communities in the northern Gulf of Mexico,” published in PeerJ!

May 2015: Congratulations to Dr. Taylor for her promotion to Associate Professor!!

April 2015: Jessica Henkel successfully defended her dissertation on the “Migration Ecology of Shorebirds on the Northern Gulf of Mexico and the effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.” Congratulations Dr. Henkel!

March 2015: Lab member Andrew Laughlin successfully defended his dissertation on the “Movement Ecology of a Migratory Songbird:Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).” Congratulations Dr. Laughlin!!

Sarah Giltz presented a talk at the Benthic Ecology meeting in Quebec City on Effects of oil and ocean acidification on the survival and condition of blue crab larvae.

January 2015: Congratulations to lab member Jessica Henkel on beginning the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship offered through the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC!

December 2014: Ph.D. candidate Jessica Henkel has a new publication, “Oiling rates and condition indices of shorebirds in the northern Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill” in the Journal of Field Ornithology.

October 2014: Congratulations to lab members Alex Ameen, Susan Chiasson, and Maggie MacPherson on advancing to candidacy!

September 2014: Lab members Andrew Laughlin, Jessica Henkel, and Caz Taylor presented at the AOU/COS/CSO conference in Estes Park, CO.