T. Mitchell Aide
My research interests and those of the students in the laboratory cover a diversity of topics, e.g. plant/animal interactions, forest dynamics, population dynamics, restoration ecology, land-use change, community ecology, and ecological informatics. We have conducted these projects in tropical ecosystems in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia, Argentina, and China.
Presently, most of my research focuses on two general areas: 1) understanding how demographic and economic change in Latin America are affecting land-use patterns and biodiversity and 2) developing web applications for the scientific community to improve spatial and temporal monitoring of land change and biodiversity.
Principal Investigator / Professor
Impact factor. In January 2015, Nora and Mitch published research on gold mining in South America. One year later, the paper has been downloaded more than 13,000 times from Environmental Research Letters.
New publication in Nature. This letter summarizes data on the biomass resilience from 45 Neotropical secondary forest sites.
New book chapter in Etnozoology in Latin America. This research was conducted in the Eastern Llanos of Colombia. Congratulations Orlando.
New publication in Herpetological Review. This research adds to the literature on the diet of the Ruschenberger Tree Boa (Corallus ruschenbergerii). Congratulation Orlando.
Presentation in the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (South Africa). Marconi presented research on how elevation affects the distribution of frogs and birds in El Yunque National Forest.
Presentation in the Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (South Africa). Mitch presented a talk on the challenges and rewards of a global acoustic monitoring network.
Paul Furumo has been awarded the 2016-2017 J. William Fulbright Fellowship to conduct his dissertation field research in Colombia. During his Fulbright year, Paul will conduct bioacoustic monitoring in oil palm landscapes of the three major production zones of Colombia--Santa Marta, Magdalena Medio, and Los Llanos Orientales. In addition to ecological assessment, Paul will devote time to engaging with local communities to better understand the socio-economic aspects of the oil palm industry.
New publication in Methods in Ecology and Evolution. This research combined acoustic monitoring and occupancy modelling to improve the information on the distribution of the Elfin Woods Warbler, a threatened species. Congratulation Marconi and Mitch.
New publication in Tropical Conservation Science. This research studied the impacts of small-scale gold mining on birds and anurans in the Peruvian Amazon, using ARBIMON recorders and analytical tools. Congratulation Nora et al.
New publication in Science Advances. This research studied the carbon sequestration potential of secondary forest in Latin America.
This summer Andres and Orlando completed their Masters studies. Congratulations!!!
New publication in Environmental Research Letters. This research studied the change in land use and trade of commercial oil palm in Latin America. Congratulation Paul and Mitch.
New publication in Ecological Indicators. This research studied the impacts of natural gas exploration on biodiversity in the lowland Peruvian Amazon. Congratulation Andres, Marconi and Mitch.
New publication in Scientific Reports (November 2016). This research combined the data of 14 research groups to identify the conservation status of jaguar (Panthera onca) in the Atlantic Forest. Congratulation Mitch.
Presentation in the I Colombian Herpetological Congress. Maria Isabel (Marita) and Stephanie presented research on the bioacoustics of anurans in Puerto Rico in this congress coordinated by the Colombian Association of Herpetology in Medellín (Colombia).