Lars Y. Pomara
I am a researcher in ecology, biodiversity, and conservation, and I currently have a research position at the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center, Southern Research Station, US Forest Service. I recently held a two-year postdoctoral research position in the Zuckerberg Climate Change Ecology Lab, in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Most of my research interests fall within the areas of biogeography, landscape ecology, and the spatial analysis of ecological systems. I am interested in how and why species, biological communities, and ecosystems are distributed across the Earth’s surface in particular ways. To try and understand these distributions and their dynamics over time, I study their relationship with variations in physical environments as well as variations in the ecological and behavioral traits of species that help to determine habitat selection. I try to focus my efforts on problems that are important for conservation planning and ecosystem management, since biodiversity conservation is the reason I got into this line of work.

I am an ornithologist with broad interests in terrestrial ecosystems of the Americas. I am particularly drawn to Latin American tropical forests, but I also work in other ecosystems and on other taxa in addition to birds. I am currently working on an assessment of ecosystem services and their vulnerabilities to environmental threats at landscape scales throughout the Appalachians. I recently worked on an assessment of species vulnerabilities to climate change in the US Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region, and I remain an active collaborator on that project. Please explore my research page to see projects I am involved with now and have worked on in the past.

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