Dov Sax

Dov Sax
Email: [email protected]
Office: (401) 863-9676

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Dov's work examines species’ responses to climate change, the impacts of species invasions, the timing of species extinctions, and the mertis of alternative conservation strategies.




Laura Nunes
Postdoctoral Fellow

Laura's work in the Sax Lab examines how data on the climate conditions of species native, naturalized and horticultural ranges can be combined to better understand how plant species will respond to changes in climate. She has strong interests and expertise in understanding how to measure and charactize niche conservatism.


Emily Heyne
PhD Student

Emily's dissertation explores whether tropical species can mitigate the effects of climate change through elevational range shifts. She is studying epiphytic species along climatic and elevational gradients in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Her work integrates biogeographic and local scale data to investigate the controls on species' niche boundaries, with an aim of predicting species' risks from climate change.


Donny Perret
PhD Student

Donny is interested broadly in global change ecology. He has a special interest in understanding how species geographic distributions will shift in response to changes in climate.

For more information on Donny's research, see his website





Bailey McLaughlin
Research Technician

Bailey is interested in the conservation challenges associated with global change. Her senior thesis investigated the evidence that tree species in North America that were once dispersed by megafauna (such as now extinct mastodons, giant ground sloths and camels) have native range extents that underrepresent the climatic conditions in which these species can thrive.


Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Associates

Dr. Kathryn Amatangelo
Assistant Professor,
State Univesity of New York, Brockport

Dr. Regan Early
Senior Lecturer,
University of Exeter

Dr. Sarah Ivory
Assistant Professor
Penn State University

Dr. Heinke Jaeger
Research Scientist,
Charles Darwin Foundation

Dr. Jacquelyn Gill
Assistant Professor,
University of Maine

Dr. John Zinda
Assistant Professor,
Cornell University


PhD Student

Matt Heard
Assistant Professor,
Belmont University


Research Technician

Samantha vanDeurs
Masters student, University of Copenhagen


Undergraduate Thesis Students

Ada Bersoza Hernandez
High School Science Teacher, Mexico

Erin Capra
High School Science Teacher, Utah

Kenji Hayashi
PhD student, University of California, Los Angeles

Phoebe Hopkins
High School Science Teacher, Massachusetts

Maddie Johnston
Sustainable Farming and Education

Emily Longman
PhD student, University of California, Davis

Birch Malotky
Science education and youth outreach, Colorado

Bailey McLaughlin
Research Technician, Brown University

Madison Miketa
PhD student, Georgetown University

Clare Peabody
Ocean Lifeguard, California (& current Sax Lab collaborator)

Elizabeth Purington
Science research TBD

Kyle Rosenblad
Tutor & Musician (& current Sax Lab collaborator)

Liz Ryan
PhD student, Univ. of California, San Diego

Emma Suchland
Research Technician, Univ. of Washington

Ariana Spawn
Legislative Aide, Enviornmental Policy, US Senator Cory Booker

Yesenia Valverde
Research Technician

Alexis van Pernis
Science Policy work TBD

Megan Whelan
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy



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