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Jessica Schnell


Curriculum vitae:

2012 Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

2006 B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

Research interests:

I am interested in using spatial information to make predictions that are useful for animal conservation, especially birds. My previous work has involved applying the concept of metapopulation capacity to fragmented ranges in order to improve our understanding of extinction threat. This was specifically done by adapting spatially explicit models to large-scale landscapes of forest endemic birds, and then estimating long-term values between or within different landscapes. We tested the metric with the landscape data from tropical forest in biological hotspots across the globe. A number of applications could be created from this metric, ranging from identifying species of concern or highlighting important regions within the habitat or pinpointing sites for restoration. My future research would be the fusion of animal movement research with landscape data to make even better estimates for conservation, in how dispersal ability affects what available habitat is realistically accessed by the species.

Highlight publications:

Schnell JK, Harris GM, Pimm SL and Russell GJ (2013) Quantitative analysis of forest fragmentation in the Atlantic Forest reveals more threatened bird species than the current Red List. PLoS ONE. 8(5): e65357. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065357
Schnell JK, Harris GM, Pimm SL and Russell GJ (2013) Estimating Extinction Risk with Metapopulation Models of Large-Scale Fragmentation. Conservation Biology. 27(3): 520-530. doi: 10.1111/cobi.12047

Jessica Schnell

 Contact Details

Jessica Schnell, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Am Obstberg 1
78315 Radolfzell
Tel: 0049-7732-1501-15
University of Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
Tel: 0049-7531-88-4940