Lyn C. Branch

Current Positions


Research Interests

Conservation biology, landscape ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation and development in Latin America. More specifically...... landscape ecology from an animal perspective (e.g., behavioral landscape ecology and metapopulations), impact of human alteration of landscapes on animal distributions, population dynamics and behavior, synergistic effects of landscape change and other human impacts (e.g., hunting) on animal populations, and other conservation and development issues in tropical and temperate regions of Latin America, including evaluation of protected areas, design of conservation landscapes, and payments for ecosystem services as a conservation tool.

My research includes long term field studies, field experiments, GIS-based modeling, and collaboration with molecular geneticists to address ecological questions. I am interested in temperate and tropical systems, and work in ecosystems ranging from wetlands to semi-arid scrub and forests. Students and post-doctoral researchers in my lab and I study:

Graduate Students

I advise graduate students through the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and the Center for Latin American Studies (MALAS with concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development). See the web sites of these programs for program descriptions, application procedures, and entrance requirements. A note for students from Latin America: If you need to correspond in your native language, I read and speak Spanish and, to a lesser extent, Portuguese.