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Dr. Peter Minchin

The Minchin Lab

Community Ecology, Conservation & Restoration

Welcome to the Minchin Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Our research focuses on community ecology, conservation biology, and restoration ecology. We use a combination of computer modeling, field observations, and experiments to address both theoretical and applied research questions in these areas. Two major themes are the development and evaluation of new statistical tools to analyze community variation in space and time and the application of these and traditional methods to applied research questions in conservation and restoration.

Mt Field Plateau, Tasmania

Mt. Field Plateau, Tasmania, Australia was the study area for a sabbatical research project by Dr. Peter Minchin in January-May, 2019. A network of 234 vegetation plots, initially surveyed in 1980-1982 as part of his Ph.D. research were re-sampled using the same methods, in order to examine changes in the plant communities and test for effects of climate change. A paper reporting initial results was presented at the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) 62nd annual symposium in Bremen, Germany in July 2019. Additional conference presentations will take place at the Ecological Society of Australia annual confernce in Launceston, Australia in November 2019 and the British Ecological Society annual conference in Belfast, UK in December 2019.

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