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Conservation biology and community ecology of insect biodiversity, especially of scarabaeine dung beetles. Modeling and prediction of faunal distribution. Interactions between insect diversity and ecosystem function. Biogeography.
University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
School For Field Studies, Centre For Rainforest Studies, North Queensland, Australia
WORK AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Manager, Invertebrate Conservation Program, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, 9/2000-present.
Columbia University, adjunct assistant professor. Undergraduate courses in Conservation Biology, 2001- 2007; Insect Ecology and Conservation, 2004.
University of Connecticut, teaching assistant. General Ecology, 1997; Foundations of Biology, 1998 (two semesters); Field Ecology, 1999.
Founder and chair of the Scarabaeinae Research Network, an international team of collaborating dung beetle systematists, ecologists, and conservationists. The network is dedicated to developing the informational and methodological tools needed to support the use of dung beetles as an invertebrate biodiversity focal taxon.
Scientific chair and lead organizer for international symposium at AMNH (March 2004) on invertebrate biodiversity conservation entitled, "Expanding the Ark: The Emerging Science and Practice of Invertebrate Conservation," that led to the formation of the Expanding the Ark Coalition, a network of over 40 researchers and conservationists dedicated to improving the representation of invertebrates in conservation practice
Assembled a network of over 60 collaborating vertebrate and invertebrate taxonomists and systematists to support biodiversity surveys in the Bolivian Andes in 2000-2003 that has curated thousands of specimens, including the description of many new taxa.
Developed, coordinated and ran field training courses in rapid biodiversity assessment for Latin American entomology students in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia (1994-1996).
Reviewer for: Biotropica, BP Conservation Programme, Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Environmental Entomology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, NASA Earth System Science Fellowship Panel (2003), National Science Foundation, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Southeastern Naturalist, Zootaxa
HONORS AND AWARDS
Elizabeth Nichols, Columbia University, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. Entered PhD program 2006, graduation expected 2011.
Nichols, E., T. Larsen, S. Spector, F. Escobar, M. Favila, K. Vulinec, The Scarabaeinae Research Network. 2007. Global dung beetle response to tropical forest modification and fragmentation: a quantitative literature review and meta-analysis. Biological Conservation 137:1-19.
Nichols, E., T.A. Gardner, S. Spector, K. Bell, T.K. Philips, Peres, C.A. Declining large mammals and dung beetles: a case study of an impending ecological cascade. (submitted to Conservation Biology)
Brown, K. A. , S. Spector, W. Wu. Linking population and landscape ecology through biological invasions: species distribution and population modeling. (submitted to Conservation Biology)
Spector, S. 2006. Scarabaeine dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae): An invertebrate focal taxon for biodiversity research and conservation. Coleopterists' Bulletin 60 (5): 71-83 Suppl. S Dec 2006
Güven Eken, Leon Bennun, Thomas M. Brooks, Will Darwall, Lincoln D.C. Fishpool, Matt Foster, David Knox, Penny Langhammer, Paul Matiku, Elizabeth Radford, Paul Salaman, Wes Sechrest, Michael L. Smith, Sacha Spector, Andrew Tordoff. 2004. Key Biodiversity Areas as Site Conservation Targets. BioScience 54(12): 1110-1118
Spector, S., and S. Ayzama. 2003. Rapid Turnover and Edge Effects in Dung Beetle Assemblages (Scarabaeidae) at a Bolivian Neotropical Forest-Savanna Ecotone. Biotropica 35:394-404.
J. Hayden and S. Spector. 2003. Dung Beetles of northeastern North America: An Interactive Guide. http://pick1.pick.uga.edu/cgi-bin/20q?guide=Scarabaeidae
Turner, Woody, Sacha Spector, Ned Gardiner, Matthew Fladeland, Eleanor Sterling and Marc Steininger. 2003. Remote sensing for biodiversity science and conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18(6): 306-314.
Spector, S. 2002. Biogeographic crossroads: priority areas for biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology 16 (6):1480-1487.
Spector, S. 2002. What Can We Do to Stem the Tide of the Sixth Extinction Event? In Life on Earth: An Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution. Eldridge, N., Ed. ABC-CLIO, Denver.
Sterling, E.J. and Spector, S. 2002. Conserving the foundations of life on Earth. CERC Notes Spring 2002:11, Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University.
Spector, S. and A. B. Forsyth, 1998. Indicator taxa in the vanishing tropics. In Conservation in a Changing World. A. Balmford and G. Mace, Eds. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Forsyth, A. and S. Spector 1998. Dung beetles (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae) of Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado. In A Biological Assessment of Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado, Bolivia. Timothy J. Killeen and Thomas Shulenburg, Eds. RAP Working Papers 10, Conservation International, Washington DC.
Forsyth, A., S. Spector and B. Gill, 1997. The dung beetle (Scarabaeidae, Scarabaeinae) assemblages of the Cordillera del Condor, Amazonas Province, Peru. In The Cordillera del Cóndor Region of Ecuador and Peru: A Biological Assessment. Thomas Schulenburg and Kim Awbrey, Eds. RAP Working Papers 7, Conservation International, Washington DC.
Spector, S. April 2005. Dung Beetle Conservation in the Amazon: Starting Local, Going Global. Presented at the University of Connecticut Center for Conservation and Biodiversity 10th anniversary celebration. Storrs, CT
Spector, S. March 2004. Are Invertebrate Focal Taxa Fulfilling Their Promise? Presented at Expanding the Ark: The Emerging Science and Practice of Invertebrate Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York
Spector, S. November 2002. Launching the Scarabaeinae Research Network. Presented at the SOLA Scarab Workers Symposium, annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Spector, S. January, 2002. Conserving Tropical Insect Communities at the Landscape Scale; The Promise of Vegetation Classifications and Remote Sensing Technology for Predicting the Distribution of Insect Communities. Presented at New York Entomological Society, New York, New York.
Spector, S. January, 2002. Conserving Tropical Insect Communities at the Landscape Scale; The Promise of Vegetation Classifications and Remote Sensing Technology for Predicting the Distribution of Insect Communities. Presented at Cambridge Entomological Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Spector, S. June 2001. Conserving Insects in the Tropics: Describing and Predicting Insect - Habitat Relationships from Local to Regional Scales. Presented at University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Nichols, E. and S. Spector. June 2006. Dung beetle response to tropical forest modification and fragmentation: a global review review and meta-analysis. Presented at annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, San Jose, California.
Spector, S. and P. Naskrecki. April 2005. The Global DragonFly and Damselfly Assessment. Poster presented at New Currents in Conserving Freshwater Systems, American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Spector, S. August 2004. Are Invertebrate Focal Taxa Fulfilling Their Promise? Presented at International Congress of Entomology, Brisbane, Australia
Spector, S. July 2004. Are Invertebrate Focal Taxa Fulfilling Their Promise? Presented at annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, New York, New York
Spector, S. August 2003. Launching the Scarabaeinae Research Network. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, Duluth, Minnesota
Spector, S. August, 2001. Vegetation-Based Conservation of Insect Communities: A Test At Two Scales With Bolivian Dung Beetles. Oral presentation at annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, Hilo, Hawaii.
Spector, S. September 2000. Predicting the Distribution of Biodiversity: Integrating Field-Based Ecological Sampling and Remote Sensing Technology. Poster presentation at Graduate Student Research Program Symposium. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Spector, S. June 2000. Putting Parks at Biogeographic Crossroads: Lessons from Bolivian Beetles. Oral presentation at annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology. Missoula, Montana.
Spector, S. March 2000. Putting Parks at Biogeographic Crossroads: Lessons from Bolivian Beetles. Oral presentation at annual Graduate Student Symposium, University of Connecticut
Spector, S., A. Forsyth and B. D. Gill, 1997. Radical faunal turnover in a tropical forest- savanna ecosystem. Oral presentation at annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and the Organization for Tropical Studies. San Jose, Costa Rica.
Spector, S. December 1995. Rapid Biodiversity Assessment of Invertebrates. Oral presentation at 2nd Congress of Latin American Scarabaeoideaologists, Bogota, Colombia
Updated: 10 September, 2007
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