My ultimate goal is to develop a career linking tropical ecology research with the conservation of protected areas. My research interests lie at the intersection of ecological processes and landscape changes. I am particularly interested in seed dispersal ecology, forest regeneration, and forest fragmentation. For my thesis research I am exploring the role of capuchin white-faced monkeys (Cebus capucinus) as seed dispersers throughout the fragmented landscape of Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Yellowstone National Park. Studied fire fuels as part of a long-term remote sensing project with the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center.
January 2001—May 2003
University of Maine at Farmington. Researched invasive, woody plants in Western Maine.
Caribbean National Forest, Puerto Rico. Studied the dispersion and spatial distribution of orchids.
Sierra National Forest, California. Conducted high altitude amphibian surveys.
Barton, A. M., Brewster, L. B., Cox, A. N., and N. Prentiss. 2004. Non—Indigenous Woody Invasive Plants in a Rural New England Town. Biological Invasions 6:2
Costa Rica 2002
El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico 2002
Master’s thesis field research
Monteverde, Costa Rica July—December 2005