Principal Investigator

 Dr. Thomas E. Lacher, Jr., Professor

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Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
254 Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecological Sciences Building
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2258
(979) 845-5750 (Office)
(979) 255-6131 (Cell)
(979) 845-3786 (Fax)

My current research is focused on the assessment of conservation status in mammals and the analysis and monitoring of large-scale patterns and trends in biodiversity, primarily in the tropics. Prior to Texas A&M I was based at Conservation International, where I was founding director of the Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring Network. This project implemented standardized protocols for the monitoring of a variety of vegetation, climate and vertebrate indicators at field stations in the tropics. I am also involved in the Global Mammal Assessment, done in collaboration with the IUCN Species Survival Commission, which has evaluated the conservation status of all species of mammals in the world. Texas A&M University is also one of ten members of the Red List Partnership and I sit on the IUCN Red List Committee. I am also interested and involved in policy decisions related to the Red List. I am Co-Chair of the IUCN Small Mammal Specialist Group, and a member of the IUCN Climate Change Specialist Group. Recent and current graduate student conducted research includes forest patch dynamics and sloth biology in Costa Rica, payment for ecosystem service policies and corridor conservation in Costa Rica, olfaction and patterns of frugivory in bats, assessment of corridor-level conservation of an agave-bat pollinator system in northern Mexico, impacts and dynamics of the socio-ecological system of livestock grazing on biodiversity in the Huascaran Biosphere Reserve, Brown titi monkey (Callicebus brunneus) home range use, feeding ecology, and activity budget in disturbed versus undisturbed rainforest in southeastern Peruvian Amazon, vulnerability and conservation of amphibians of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia to land use and climate change, biodiversity thresholds and functional traits as determinants of the resilience of mammals in fragmented landscapes of Costa Rica, and the use of IUCN Red List Data in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans.