Rudolf von May
I am broadly interested in ecology, evolution, and conservation of biodiversity. My current research seeks to understand how amphibian and reptile communities are structured across habitats and elevations, and to examine the links between species’ ecological traits and phylogenetic relatedness. Focusing on natural populations distributed in the Andes-Amazon region, my collaborators and I use a combination of data including species’ life history traits and DNA sequences, as well as phylogenetic comparative analyses, to infer patterns of community assembly across environmental gradients. My work also involves integrative taxonomy and systematics, including the description of new species.