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S. Kathleen Lyons
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2001
M.S. University of Chicago, 1997
M.S. Texas Tech University, 1994
B.S. Wayland Baptist University, 1991

 

Research Focus:

 

I am interested in the factors affecting and controlling species diversity at multiple scales across both space and time. Moreover, I am particularly interested in the effects of global climate change on species diversity and use the fossil record of mammals over the last 40,000 years to evaluate how current changes in global climate may affect diversity patterns in the future. Because it provides a useful way to compare modern species and communities to fossil species and communities, I focus on the similairites and differences in macroecological patterns across space and time.

Research Themes:

 

Species and community level responses to climate change

Extinction risk

Macroecological patterns across space and time

Macroevolutionary dynamics of mammals

Biases in the mammalian fossil record

Latitudinal gradients in species richness

 

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