I use predator-prey theory to answer ecological and evolutionary questions.
Bree Putman, PhD
My lab takes an integrative approach in understanding animal-habitat interactions in a changing world. We are particularly interested in the effects of urban development, an apt area of research in Southern California. We answer questions regarding IF species can respond appropriately, HOW they accomplish this, and WHY some species are better than others at dealing with rapid environmental change. We use community science (also called citizen science) data, field studies of wild animals, and laboratory work to quantify phenotypic and genetic responses. I tend to focus my research on reptiles because, unlike many mammals and birds, they cannot easily move away from disturbances, forcing them to adapt or perish when faced with habitat change. Overall, output from the lab has the promising potential to inform management of species in human-dominated habitats and can be used in urban planning to support biodiversity in cities.