David is an evolutionary ecologist, a conservation biologist, and a tropical herpetologist. He grew up camping, canoeing, and backpacking in Minnesota - learning from being outside, observing the natural world, and appreciating the wonders of evolution and ecology from an early age. The Lab's interests are broad (and include a variety of animal taxa, methods, and systems) but his personal research focuses on amphibians and reptiles, their ecology and evolution, understanding diversity as well as the processes of diversification and extinction. While much research focuses on applications for conservation, the Bickford Lab approaches questions in an organismal and evolutionary perspective and uses methods from behavioral ecology, comparative biology, modeling, and biological inventory and monitoring to answer important questions.
Luke is studying deforestation and forest fragmentation and their impacts on tropical biodiversity. In a review of over 100 studies, he used meta-analysis and other statistics to measure the relative impacts of various forms of human disturbance on tropical biodiversity. A key finding was that selectively logged forests sustained relatively high levels of biodiversity, whereas secondary forests were depleted of biodiversity. He planned and organized a field project based in Chiew Larn Reservoir, Thailand, where he is resurveying forest islands to measure the rate of species loss. After two years field work, he observed the near-complete extinction of native small mammal communities from fragments 56 hectares or smaller within 25 years.
Sinlan Poo (Sheila)
Sheila is broadly interested in the reproductive ecology, parental care behavior, hatching plasticity, and amphibian ecology. Originally from Taiwan, she obtained her Bachelor's degree at Boston University, working under Dr. Karen Warkentin and Dr. Ivan Gomez-Mestre. She then worked as a field biologist at the Western Riverside Biological Monitoring Program, conducting surveys for threatened and endangered amphibians, reptiles, mammals, plants, and invertebrates in sunny, smoggy Southern California. She has conducted/assisted research in Ecuador, Panama, the US and Southeast Asia and is currently studying the parental care behavior of Chiromantis hansenae in Thailand.
Fatma Gozde Cilingir (Gogo)
Gozde (Gogo) is mainly interested in molecular ecology and conservation genetics. She has studied various taxa such as European honey bees, Japanese macaques, fallow deer and brown bears so far and integrated field-based studies with lab-based ones. For her PhD she will be working on the conservation genetics of endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises endemic to Myanmar. She is also interested in the social science theory of conservation and development, which would be the critical aspect for moving toward more environmentally and socially sustainable projects and policies.
Seshadri has been captivated by the sheer beauty and complexity of nature. His fascination of nature grew when he started out as a bird watcher. Since then, he has spent much of his time being in "the field" and observing nature. He has studied several ecological systems ranging from dragonflies to epiphytes in the tall forest canopies in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot of India. In the recent past, his focus has been on amphibians and has been studying ecology, behavior and means to conserve frogs. For his doctoral thesis, he will be working on the ecology and behavior of bamboo nesting frogs in South Asia.
Josh is studying the ecology and impacts of the wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Singapore. Little is known about its role in our forests, how it affects the environment or about its current population numbers. It is a controversial topic as the wild boar population is a problem in Singapore. In June 2012, two wild boars were sighted in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park in the morning; with one of them charging at a CISCO security officer and a child. The focus of my research will be to estimate the wild boar population size on Singapore, assess their impacts, determine if control measures are necessary and finally develop an effective control method.
Morgany d/o Thangavelu