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.


November 2014: Congratulations to lab member Jessica Henkel on receiving the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship offered through the National Academies of Science!

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.

August 2014:  CazLab welcomes Rosalyn Rael as a new post-doc in the lab!

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Jessica Henkel on the acceptance of her new manuscript, “Oiling rates and condition indices of shorebirds in the northern Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill” for publication in the Journal of Field Ornithology.

Lab member, Andrew Laughlin presented at the International Society for Behavioral Ecology in New York, NY.

Lab members, Jessica Henkel  and Caz Taylor presented at the Ecological Society of America in Sacramento, CA.

June 2014: Congratulations to former lab member Kyle Coblentz for the acceptance of his paper “Technical Note: The use of laser diffraction particle size analyzers for inference on infauna-sediment relationships,” for publication in Estuaries and Coasts!

April 2014: Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Andrew Laughlin for being a finalist for the 2014 Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Research grant!

Congratulations also to Andrew on the publication of his new manuscript: Laughlin AJ, Sheldon DR, Winkler DW, Taylor CM. 2014. Behavioral drivers of communal roosting in a songbird: a combined theoretical and empirical approach. Behavioral Ecology. (online early: doi:10.1093/beheco/aru044)

March 2014: Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Jessica Henkel for winning Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation at the 2014 State of the Coast Conference for her presentation titled, “Potential Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on the Migration Ecology of Shorebirds on the Northern Gulf of Mexico.”


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