Project: Ant Ecological Niche Modeling
Role: Lead Researcher
About: This project focuses on using the historical distribution of ants to predict the effects of climate change on their distribution in the future. After conceptualizing and designing a digitization initiative to database the entirely of the Field Museum's ant collection (~1 million specimens), I proposed this project as a way to not only assess how ant distribution might change due to climate change but also shed light on methods of compensating for collection bias in historical collections. In correlation with 19 climatic factors (worldclim.org), I modeled all 200 genera from the collection as well as the 4 major invasive species in North America.
International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Cairns, Australia, The Impact of Climatic Changes on Ant Distributions, July 2014
Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - Fluid-preserved Invertebrate Imaging Workshop, Conceptualizing and Implementing Large Scale Collection Digitization, September 2013
Programs used: ArcGIS, MaxEnt, R, KE EMu (relational database), Adobe InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator for digitization manual designs, Microsoft Excel