nerdgasm_B&wI am a community ecologist and physical anthropologist interested in community ecology, biogeography, and spatial modeling methods.

I am currently a Synthesis Postdoc at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) in Leipzig, Germany.

My research centers on understanding the ecological (environmental and species-level) factors that influence species distributions and membership in communities. The study of community assembly is concerned with understanding how environmental variables and dispersal limitation, as examples, shape diversity distributions. Identifying the community assembly scenarios shaping community membership provides useful information for understanding how diversity distributions have been and will be shaped by environmental change.

In particular, my research investigates 3 inter-related themes:

  1. Vertebrate community assembly
  2. Spatial structuring of biodiversity
  3. Metacommunity theory and ecosystem function

c. 1835 animal distribution map by an anonymous author/creator, from the Collection of the American Folk Art Museum, New York


Contact Information:

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Katherine Bannar-Martin 
Deutscher Pl. 5E
04103 Leipzig

iDiv website page

ResearchGate page

Impactstory page


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