Spencer Keyser

 

Spencer Keyser

My research interests are broadly housed within community ecology, global change ecology, and macroecology. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how climate change and alterations in land cover govern patterns and modulate shifts in biodiversity across multiple temporal and spatial scales.

I earned my B.S. in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my M.S. in Marine Science at the University of Texas at Austin. During my M.S. I investigated the impacts of climate-mediated mangrove expansion and regional climate change on bird biodiversity across the Gulf of Mexico.

My PhD work will focus on creating high resolution species distribution models of cold-adapted species, identifying hotspots of high winter biodiversity, and understanding shifts in winter biodiversity across the United States. This work will serve as a basis for investigating the effectiveness of the current network of protected areas on conserving areas that have both large variability in snow dynamics and high winter biodiversity.

email: skeyser@wisc.edu