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Anderson, Hazel

Graduate Student
Advisor: Phoebe Zarnetske 
I am interested in filling in knowledge gaps of patterns of plant biodiversity through the use of interdisciplinary methods such as plant community ecology, spatial ecology, remote sensing, biogeography, and data science. One method of accomplishing this is leveraging existing big databases to understand large spatial patterns of diversity and their correlation between fruiting plants and frugivores, especially in biodiversity hotspots like the Neotropics.  I am also interested to explore how intersectional environmentalism, inclusive conservation, traditional knowledge, and natural/social science collaboration can be used to improve conservation. My work is driven by building a foundational knowledge of previous and existing patterns of biodiversity in order to predict and manage future biodiversity as a result of climate change.