DOV F. SAX, Ph.D
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-9676
Fax: (401) 863-2166
- Ph.D. Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, May 1999
Advisor: Dr. James H. Brown
- B.A. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, May 1992
GOVERNING AND EDITORIAL BOARDS
- Assistant Professor, Brown University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Center for
Environmental Studies. 2007 - present
- Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology. 2006 - 2007
- Assistant Research Biologist, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara. 2002 - 2005
- Postdoctoral Associate, University of California, Santa Barbara. 1999 - 2002
Mentor: Dr. Steven Gaines
- Graduate Employee, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. 1994 - 1999
- Environmental Consultant, Two firms in Orange County, CA (John Minch & Associates/Glenn Lukos Associates). 1992 - 1994
Co-Founder, International Biogeography Society|
Secretary, International Biogeography Society
Director-at-Large, International Biogeography Society
Editorial Board, Journal of Biogeography
2007 - present
- Sax, D.F., Stachowicz, J.J., and Gaines, S.D., editors. (2005) Species Invasions: Insights into Ecology, Evolution
and Biogeography. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.
- Lomolino, M.V, Sax, D.F. and Brown, J.H., editors. (2004) Foundations of Biogeography: Classic Works with Commentaries.
The University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
- Sax, D.F. and Gaines, S.D. (2006) The biogeography of naturalized species and the species-area relationship: Reciprocal
insights to biogeography and invasion biology. In, Cadotte, M.W., McMahon, S.M. and Fukami, T., editors. Conceptual
ecology and invasions biology: reciprocal approaches to nature. Springer, Netherlands.
- Rice, W.R. and Sax, D.F. (2005) Testing fundamental evolutionary questions at large spatial and demographic scales:
Species invasions as an underappreciated tool. In, Sax, D.F., Stachowicz, J.J., and Gaines, S.D., editors. Species
Invasions: Insights into Ecology, Evolution and Biogeography. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.
- Sax, D.F., Brown, J.H., White, E. and Gaines, S.D. (2005) The dynamics of species invasions: Insights into the
mechanisms that limit species diversity. In, Sax, D.F., Stachowicz, J.J., and Gaines, S.D., editors. Species
Invasions: Insights into Ecology, Evolution and Biogeography. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.
- Sax, D.F., Stachowicz, J.J. and Gaines, S.D. (2005) Capstone: Where do we go from here? In, Sax, D.F., Stachowicz,
J.J., and Gaines, S.D., editors. Species Invasions: Insights into Ecology, Evolution and Biogeography. Sinauer
Associates, Sunderland, MA.
- Sax, D.F. and Whittaker, R.J. (2004) Dynamics of species diversity. In, Heaney, L.R. and Lomolino, M.V., editors.
Frontiers of Biogeography: New Directions in the Geography of Nature. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA.
- Brown, J.H. and Sax, D.F. (2004) Geographic gradients in diversity. In, Lomolino, M.V., Sax, D.F. and Brown, J.H,
editors. Foundations of Biogeography: Classic Works with Commentaries. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
- Sax, D.F. (2007) Review of "Plants on Islands", Cody, M.L., 2006, University of California Press. Ecology 88:1068-1069.
- Sax, D.F. (2004) Review of "The Structure and Dynamics of Geographic Ranges", Gaston, K.J., 2003, Oxford University Press.
Quarterly Review of Biology 79:100-101.
- Sax, D.F. (2002) Review of "Trees and shrubs of California", Stuart, J.D. and Sawyer, J.O., 2001, University of California
Press. Diversity & Distributions 8:309-310.
POPULAR PRESS PUBLICATIONS
- Sax, D.F., Stachowicz, J.J., Brown, J.H., Bruno, J.F., Dawson, M.N., Gaines, S.D., Grosberg, R.K., Hastings, A., Holt, R.D.,
Mayfield, M.M., O'Connor, M.I. and Rice, W.R. (2007). Ecological and evolutionary insights from species invasions. Trends in
Ecology and Evolution 22: in press.
- Vellend, M., Harmon, L.J., Lockwood, J.L., Mayfield, M.M., Hughes, A.R., Wares, J.P. and Sax, D.F. (2007) Effects of exotic
species on evolutionary diversification. Invited submission to Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22: in press.
- Smith, K.F., Sax, D.F., Gaines, S.D., Guernier, V. and Guegan, J.F. (2007) Globalization of human infectious disease. Ecology
88: in press.
- Mittelbach, G.G., Schemske, D., Cornell, H.V., Allen, A.P., Brown, J.M., Bush, M., Harrison, S.P., Hurlbert, A.H., Knowlton,
N., Lessios, H.A., McCain, C.M., McCune, A.R., McDade, L.A., McPeek, M.A., Near, T.J., Price, T.D., Ricklefs, R.E., Roy, K.,
Sax, D.F., Schluter, D., Sobel, J.M., Turelli, M. (2007) Evolution and the latitudinal diversity gradient: Speciation,
extinction and biogeography. Ecology Letters 10:315-331.
- Fridley, J.D., Stachowicz, J.J., Naeem, S., Sax, D.F., Seabloom, E.W., Smith, M.D., Stohlgren, T.J., Tilman, D. and Von Holle,
B. (2007) The invasion paradox: Reconciling pattern and process in species invasions. Ecology 88:3-17.
- Lomolino, M.V., Sax, D.F., Riddle, B.R. and Brown, J.H. (2006) The island rule and a research agenda for studying ecogeographic
patterns. Journal of Biogeography 33:1503-1510.
- Smith, K.F., Sax, D.F. and Lafferty, K.D. (2006) Evidence for the role of infectious disease in species extinction and
endangerment. Conservation Biology 20: 1349-1357.
- Cassey, P., Blackburn, T.M., Lockwood, J.L. and Sax, D.F. (2006) A stochastic model for integrating changes in species richness
and community similarity across spatial scales. Oikos 115: 207-218.
- Brown, J.H. and Sax, D.F. (2005) Biological invasions and scientific objectivity: Reply to Cassey et al. (2005). Austral
- Sax, D.F., Kinlan, B.P. and Smith, K.F. (2005) A conceptual framework for comparing species assemblages in native and exotic
habitats. Oikos 108:457-464.
- Brown, J.H. and Sax, D.F. (2004) An essay on some topics concerning invasive species. Austral Ecology 29:530-536.
- Sax, D.F. and Gaines, S.D. (2003) Species diversity: from global decreases to local increases. Trends in Ecology and Evolution
- Whittaker, R.J. and Sax, D.F. (2003) A 21st century Pangea? The emergence of a new international forum for Biogeographers.
Journal of Biogeography 30:315-317.
- Sax, D.F., Gaines, S.D. and Brown, J.H. (2002) Species invasions exceed extinctions on islands worldwide: a comparative study
of plants and birds. American Naturalist 160:766-783.
- Sax, D.F. (2002) Equal diversity in disparate species assemblages: a comparison of native and exotic woodlands of California.
Global Ecology & Biogeography 11:49-58.
- Sax, D.F. (2002) Native and naturalized plant diversity are positively correlated in scrub communities of California and Chile.
Diversity and Distributions 8:193-210.
- Sax, D.F. (2001) Latitudinal gradients and geographic ranges of exotic species: implications for biogeography. Journal of
- Sax, D.F. and Brown, J.H. (2000) The Paradox of Invasion. Global Ecology & Biogeography 9:363-372.
Brown, J.H. and Sax, D.F. (2007) Do biological invasions decrease biodiversity? Conservation Magazine 8:16-17.
Gibbons, W. and [Sax, D.F. - principal author of text] (2007) Why not let the aliens take over? Part 2. New York Times Regional
News Group (publisher of 14 regional news papers), Sunday, April 22.
GRANT AND FELLOWSHIP FUNDING
- Sax, D.F. (2006-2007). U.S. Graduate Student Travel to the International Biogeography Society Conference. National Science
- Sax, D.F., Gaines, S.D. and Stachowicz, J.J. (2004-2007). Exotic species: a source of insight into Ecology, Evolution and
Biogeography. National Center of Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Research Project Grant, $58,700.
- Lomolino, M.V., Sax, D.F. and Brown, J.H. (2000-2001). The foundations and future of biogeography. National Center of
Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Research Project Grant, $27,000.
- Sax, D.F. (1997). Plant invasions of the Santa Monica Mountains. Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, Research Grant, $4,100.
- Sax, D.F. (1997). Plant invasions of central Chile. Institute of Latin American Studies, University of New Mexico, Travel
Fellowship Award, $1,276.
- Sax, D.F. (1996-1998). Vice President's Graduate Research Fund & Student Research Allocation Council, University of New
Mexico, Travel Awards, $840.
- Sax, D.F. (1996-1999). Biology Graduate Student Association, University of New Mexico, Travel Awards, $575.
INVITED SYMPOSIA AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
- An integrative view of ecogeographic "rules". M.V. Lomolino and D.F. Sax, organizers. January, 2007; International
Biogeography Society biennial conference, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain.
- Species Invasions, Immigrations, Coexistence, and Community Saturation: The Debate Continues. T.J. Stohlgren, D.F.
Sax and D. Tilman, organizers. August 2006; Ecological Society of America annual conference, Memphis, TN.
- The Invasion Paradox: Reconciling Biodiversity and Invasion Patterns Across Spatial Scales. D.F. Sax, D. Tilman and
T.J. Stohlgren, organizers. August 2005; Joint meeting of INTECOL & Ecological Society of America, Montreal, Canada.
- Biogeography of Exotic Species. D.F. Sax, organizer. January 2005; International Biogeography Society biennial conference,
- Exotic species: a source of insight into ecology, evolution and biogeography. D.F. Sax, J.J. Stachowicz and S.D. Gaines,
organizers. August 2004; Ecological Society of America annual conference, Portland, OR.
- Dynamics of Species Diversity. D.F. Sax and R.J. Whittaker, organizers. January 2003; International Biogeography Society
inaugural conference, Mesquite, NV.
- The National Academy of Sciences, Colloquium, "In Light of Evolution: Biodiversity and Extinction" (Sponsors: Drs.
Francisco Ayala, John Avise and Steve Hubbell), December 2007
- The Ecological Society of America, Symposium on "Species Invasions, Immigrations, Coexistence, and Community Saturation:
The Debate Continues" (Sponsors: Self-organized along with Drs. T.J. Stohlgren & D. Tilman), August 2006
- INTECOL & Ecological Society of America, Symposium on "The Invasion Paradox: Reconciling Biodiversity and Invasion Patterns
Across Spatial Scales" (Sponsors: Self-organized along with Drs. D. Tilman & T.J. Stohlgren), August 2005
- International Biogeography Society, Symposium on "Biogeography of species invasions" (Sponsor: Self-organized), January 2005
- PEET V Conference, Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy, Symposium on "Assessing Spatial Biogeography"
(Sponsor: Dr. Michael Irwin), September 2004
- The Ecological Society of America, Symposium on "Exotic species: a source of insight into ecology, evolution and
biogeography" (Sponsors: Self-organized along with Drs. J.J. Stachowicz & S.D. Gaines), August 2004
- The Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing, China), Conference on "Biological Invasion: Species exchanges between Eastern
Asia and North America - Environmental and Economic Threats" (Sponsor: Dr. Xingguo Han), Beijing (China), June 2004
- University of North Carolina, Department of Biology (Sponsor: Dr. Peter White), April 2007
- Brown University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Center for Environmental Studies, (Sponsor:
Dr. Mark Bertness), February 2007
- Emory University, Program in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution (Sponsor: Dr. Leslie Real), September 2006
- University of California, Davis, Ecology/Evolution Seminar Series (Sponsor: Dr. Howard Cornell), April 2006
- University of California, San Diego, Section of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (Sponsor: Dr. David Holway), October 2005
- University of Chicago, Committee on Evolutionary Biology (Sponsor: Dr. David Jablonski), October 2005
- Syracuse University, Department of Biology (Sponsor: Dr. Larry Wolf), April 2005
- University of Georgia, Institute of Ecology (Sponsor: Dr. Patty Gowaty), December 2004
- University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Geography (Sponsor: Dr. Glen MacDonald), October 2004
- National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Santa Barbara, CA (Sponsor: Dr. Richard Stevens), October 2004
- Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (Sponsor: Dr. Shahid Naeem), March 2004
- University of British Columbia, Departments of Botany and Zoology (Sponsor: Dr. Roy Turkington), January 2004
- Lincoln University, New Zealand, Ecology & Entomology Group (Sponsor: Dr. Richard Duncan), November 2003
- North Carolina State University, Department of Botany (Sponsor: Dr. Tom Wentworth), May 2003
American Naturalist, Animal Conservation, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biological Conservation, Biological
Invasions, Biology Letters, Boreal Environment Research, Conservation Biology, Diversity & Distributions, Ecology,
Ecology Letters, Evolutionary Ecology Research, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Global Ecology & Biogeography,
Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Ecology, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Landscape Ecology, PLOS Biology,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Revista Chilena de Historia Natural, Science, Trends in Ecology
CalFed Bay-Delta Program; National Geographic Society; National Science Foundation (NSF); Netherlands Organisation
for Scientific Research; Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP); US Department of
Reviews for Publishers:
Chicago University Press; Columbia University Press; Oxford University Press; Princeton University Press
Reviews for Awards/Fellowships:
MacArthur Fellows Program; Smith Fellows Program
"ALARM": a 24 Million Euro project funded by the European Commission and E.U. member states to assess major
threats to biodiversity conservation in Europe - annual assessments 2005-2007
NSF funded Research Coordination Network on Species Invasions 2006 - 2007
Editor of Journal Special Features:
Co-editor (with Brett Riddle) of Special Issue on "Conservation Biogeography", published in December, 2006
issue of the Journal of Biogeography
- Invited Participant, Diversitas Biodiversity and Health Initiative, 2006 - present
- Invited Participant, Smithsonian Biodiversity Initiative (BSEI), 2005 - present
- SEEDS Fellowship Mentor (for minority undergraduate students) at the Ecological Society of America Conference, August, 2005
- Invited Participant in "How to succeed in ecology: Advice from senior ecologists and rising stars" workshop
at the Ecological Society of America Conference, August, 2005
- Invited Participant, LTER Planning Grant, "Group of 100", December, 2004
UNIVERSITY & INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE
- Ecological Society of America
- Society for Conservation Biology
- International Biogeography Society
- Species Invasions Science group at UGA, Group Founder - 2006
- Graduate Program Committee, Institute of Ecology, Appointed Member - 2006
- Green Building Committee, Institute of Ecology, Appointed Member - 2006
- Executive Committee, Institute of Ecology, Elected Member - 2006
Instructor at University of Georgia:
Conservation Biology - undergraduate course (ECOL 3530) - Fall 2006
Instructor at University of California, Santa Barbara:
Species Invasions - graduate seminar (ECOL 4990) - Spring 2006, 2007
Global Change - graduate seminar (EEMB 595GC) - Winter 2002, 2003
Teaching Assistant / Guest Lecturer at University of New Mexico:
Global Ecology - undergraduate course (EEMB 173) - Spring 2002, 2003
Conservation Biology - undergraduate course (EEMB 133) - Winter 2004
Biogeography (guest lecturer & T.A.), Community Ecology (guest lecturer), Ecology Lab (T.A.),
Introductory Biology Lab (T.A.) and Research in Field Biology (T.A.)
Matthew Heard (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University)
Melissa Caspary (Co-advised; Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia)
Updated: 27 July, 2007