Elise Zipkin

Red Cedar Distinguished Asc Prof, Integrative Biology
Director, Ecology, Evolution & Behavior Program
Location: 203 Natural Science Bldg
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As a quantitative ecologist, Dr. Elise Zipkin connects the complexities of natural communities with the precision of mathematics to shine light on mysteries in ecology and conservation. Elise and her team develop analytical frameworks to address grand challenges in the study of biodiversity loss and the effects of anthropogenic activities, such as climate change. She harnesses empirical data (big and small) to understand fine and subtle interactions in the natural world, revealing the causes and consequences of species’ declines and biodiversity loss while charting pathways to mitigate and reverse these alarming trends.

Elise has published over 85 peer-reviewed articles and delivered more than 40 invited talks nationally and internationally. Among her honors is being named an Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow and a Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar. Elise regularly works with management agencies to translate the results of her research for conservation. She is committed to open, accessible, and reproducible science and to supporting and mentoring the next generation of scientists, natural resource managers, policy makers, and scientific communicators.

* [Google Scholar](https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=6QMa8_gAAAAJ&hl=en)
* [Github](https://github.com/zipkinlab)
* [Twitter](https://twitter.com/ZipkinLab)

Selected Publications

  • Addressing data integration challenges to link ecological processes across scales – Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (2021) View Publication
  • Can hyena behaviour provide information on abundances of sympatric carnivores?​ – Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (2019) View Publication
  • Changes in climate drive recent monarch butterfly dynamics – Nature Ecology and Evolution (2021) View Publication
  • Integrated community occupancy models: A framework to assess occurrence and biodiversity dynamics using multiple data sources - Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2022) View Publication
  • Multiscale seasonal factors drive the size of winter monarch colonies – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019) View Publication
  • Synthesizing multiple data types for biological conservation using integrated populations models – Biological Conservation (2018) View Publication
  • Tropical snake diversity collapses after widespread amphibian loss – Science (2020) View Publication