email@example.comDr. Gentry's bio
Ecology, Environmental Science
My research is informed by basic life history, behavioral information, and characterizations of species interactions. I use this data to determine how the morphological, physiological, and behavioral characters of organisms within a multitrophic system affect their ecology, and evolution. This life history based approach, augmented by experiments or correlational analyses, allows me to search for patterns of interactions in communities and use them to increase understanding of larger ecological and evolutionary concepts.
Currently, using Oak Mountain as a rural sampling area, I am taking inventories of lepidopteran faunas along an urban-rural gradient to determine how increasing urbanization affects the diversity of Lepidoptera. I also seek to determine how the size of a natural area such as an urban park, or characteristics of the surrounding matrix of commercial or residential development can offset effects of urbanization on Lepidopteran diversity.