James J. Roper
I am currently associated with two programs in Ecology:
Programa de Pós-graduação em Ecologia de Ecossistemas at Universidade Vila Velha and
Programa de Pós-graduação em Ecologia e Conservação at the Universidade Federal do Paraná where I have the pleasure of doing research (in collaboration with Brazilian scientists and with enthusiastic and challenging students) in the beautiful Atlantic Forest of Brazil. For my CV, check this link.
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, University of Pennsylvania 1996
M.S. Zoology, Arizona State University, 1989
B.S. Zoology, Oklahoma State University, 1978
I am interested in a broad variety of ecological and evolutionary questions, especially those having to do with how reproductive strategies influence population dynamics. Most of my research includes analysis of reproductive success and survival and can include any species of terrestrial vertebrates.
I am also interested in how we go about answering ecological and evolutionary questions, both theoretically and pragmatically. I have been teaching biostatistics here in Brazil since 1998. Statistical tools provide a variety of ways to answer as well as ask interesting questions.
Given these interests, the interface between these areas and conservation biology (visit – Tropical Conservation Consortium for some interesting programs) is also important. One of several areas that intrigues me now is how we can understand population dynamics of rare species (as many endangered species are!) given the problem of small sample sizes (and associated issues). Also, today, introduced species and climate change are causing problems worldwide and we need to better understand population dynamics to anticipate the future consequences of these growing problems.