Therese Lamperty, Ph.D.

I am a tropical community ecologist interested in understanding how anthropogenic effects on vertebrate communities can change plant-animal and animal-animal interactions and, subsequently, the ecological and evolutionary processes they drive.

I received my Ph.D. from Rice University after completing a dissertation focused on how large herbivore loss in the Afrotropics may influence understory vegetation density and, indirectly, the invertebrate life within the understory. I then conducted another component of my dissertation research in the Amazon Basin trying to understand how the loss of seed-dispersing animals (due to hunting by humans) affects seed-mediated geneflow and spatial genetic structure in the most common animal-dispersed palm tree across the Amazon Basin. For the last component of my dissertation, I worked in the Choco forests of northwestern Ecuador where I examined how the lasting signatures of anthropogenic disturbances in a continuous forest landscape drive intraspecific variation in seed dispersal services received by a common animal-dispersed understory palm.


I am additionally keen on incorporating network analysis techniques to more comprehensively understand how the pantropical ongoing changes in frugivore species may be altering seed-dispersal processes in tropical forests, and what this might mean for tree community dynamics. I have ongoing work with Dr. Berry Brosi to this end.

I have recently joined Dr. Matthew Luskin’s research group as a postdoctoral researcher (in collaboration with Dr. David Wardle) to address questions regarding how Singapore’s native wild boars influence their surrounding invertebrate and vertebrate life, directly and indirectly, and how they alter tropical plant communities.

If our interests overlap and you are interested in collaborating or you have questions, please reach out!

Click here for CV (updated March 2020)

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