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Biographical Information:Thomas Crist is a terrestrial ecologist with research interests in landscape ecology, biodiversity, and conservation biology. Using both experimental and landscape approaches, he examines how habitat fragmentation and edges influence animal movement, population distribution, and community diversity. He also investigates the effects of management practices and land use on forest insect biodiversity at multiple scales, from local habitats to biogeographic regions. The scope of his field studies ranges from old fields and small woodlots to larger parks and preserves. His research incorporates a wide variety of insect groups including ants, beetles, butterflies, and moths. Dr. Crist also has broad interests in the roles of animals in terrestrial ecosystems, including seed dispersal, herbivory, and effects of animals on plant communities and soils.
His research uses a variety of approaches in the field and laboratory. Field methods emphasize experimental manipulations and spatial measures of population and community structure. In the laboratory, he uses spatial analysis, simulation modeling, and geographic information systems to relate field data on animal responses to habitat heterogeneity. Dr. Crist teaches undergraduate courses in ecology and invertebrate zoology, and graduate courses in ecology.