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WELCOME TO

THE POULSEN 

TROPICAL ECOLOGY LAB!

We study tropical forest fauna and flora to deepen our understanding of nature and to advance conservation efforts.

Our research group works on how human disturbance affects animal and tree communities in tropical forests. 

We combine large-scale field observations, experiments, and modeling to understand the cascading consequences of subtle shifts in natural communities on ecological processes and, ultimately, forest structure, diversity, and ecosystem services. We also work with people, employing socioeconomic and community-based methods to understand how humans affect and are affected by environmental change. 

COMMUNITY WILDLIFE PROJECT

The Community Wildlife Project facilitates the establishment and study of community management to achieve sustainable bushmeat hunting.

 

FOREST STRUCTURE

Working with multiple collaborators in Congo and Gabon, we quantify forest structure and composition and monitor changes associated with human activities

MEGAFAUNA ECOLOGY

Depletion of megafauna (animals that weigh a ton or more) is one of the most damaging ecological consequences of human activity on Earth.

ECOLOGICAL

EROSION

Human activities influence tropical forests worldwide, altering their form and composition, and in some cases, threatening their very existence.

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