J Alex Baecher

J Alex Baecher

Postdoctoral Researcher

Scheffers Lab @ University of Florida

About me

The good bits: Native to the foothills of Arkansas’ Ozark Mountains. My life consists of… my wife (Kristin), my daughter (Faye), my dog (Ollie), herping, hiking, swimming and canoeing, woodworking, and home DIY projects.

The serious bits: I am a landscape ecologist, with interest in research at the interface between conservation, ecological theory, and mathematical modeling. I primarily work with reptiles and amphibians, but am interested in the processes determining the distribution of biodiversity more broadly.

Interests

  • Conservation
  • Ecological theory
  • Herpetology
  • Spatial Ecology
  • Reproducible Research
  • Natural History
  • Statistics

Education

  • Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Ecology, 2024

    University of Florida

  • M.Sc., Biology, 2017

    Eastern Kentucky University

  • B.Sc., Biology, 2014

    University of Arkansas

Select Experience

Formal positions (excluding internships)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Doctoral Preeminence Research Fellow (Ph.D.)

Scheffers Lab, University of Florida

Aug 2019 – May 2024 Gainesville, FL
 
 
 
 
 

Conservation and Research Technician

Dept. Conservation and Research, Memphis Zoo

Jan 2018 – Jul 2019 Memphis, TN
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Teaching Assistant (M.Sc.)

Richter Lab, Eastern Kentucky University

Mar 2015 – Dec 2017 Richmond, KY
 
 
 
 
 

Full Time Research Assistant

Willson Lab, University of Arkansas

Jan 2013 – Dec 2015 Fayetteville, AR
 
 
 
 
 

Part Time Research Technician

Dept. Biology, University of Arkansas

Aug 2010 – Dec 2012 Fayetteville, AR

Recent Publications

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Mechanisms, detection and impacts of species redistribution under climate change

Mechanisms, detection and impacts of species redistribution under climate change

In Nature Reviews Earth and Environment

Bringing traits back into the equation, A roadmap to understand species redistribution

Bringing traits back into the equation, A roadmap to understand species redistribution

In Global Change Biology

Experimental evaluation of how biological invasions and climate change interact to alter the vertical assembly of an amphibian community

Experimental evaluation of how biological invasions and climate change interact to alter the vertical assembly of an amphibian community

In Journal of Animal Ecology

Vertical stratification patterns of tropical forest vertebrates

Vertical stratification patterns of tropical forest vertebrates

In Biological Reviews

Research

projects I have goin’ on

Appalachian Salamander Ecology

Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation of Plethodontid Salamanders.

Climate-induced species redistribution

Modeling the spatialtemporal dynamics of species’ distributions.

Geostatistical Modeling

Modeling the spatial dynamics of species using Bayesian geostatistical methods

Landscape connectivity

Estimating how the landscape influences movement

Reptile and Amphibian Ecology

Natural History, Ecology, and Conservation of Herps in the Southeastern US.

R sandbox

a place tutorials and fun projects

Contact

jbaecher(at)ufl(dot)edu