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Jonathan Richardson’s Lab

We integrate ecology, evolution and genomics to study applied issues related to urban ecology, epidemiology, and wildlife conservation. The overarching goals are to use genetic information to understand why species are found in the environments they are, how the move around the landscape, and what this movement means for how they interact with humans and human-altered landscapes. Much of this research occurs in and around major cities. We use tools from landscape genetics, habitat suitability modeling, and other fields to answer these questions. We have projects in Richmond, New York City, Salvador (Brazil), and several other cities around the world.

 Current Projects

  • Movement and habitat use of urban rats in cities around the world
  • Effects of urban habitat on native species, particularly how movement and dispersal differ along an urban to rural gradient
  • Impacts that lethal pest control has on long-term viability of urban rats and human cases of the zoonotic disease leptospirosis in Brazil
  • Thermal preference assessments of vernal pool amphibians