Current and future research in the lab will focus on four broad themes, all related to improving biodiversity data collection and analysis and the application to conservation action.
Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment:
Current projects in the Lacher lab include: assessing the conservation status of New World small mammals, mammalian biodiversity assessments at high elevation habitats in Peru, amphibian and small mammal threatened species monitoring in Colombia, threatened bat ecology and conservation projects in Texas and Mexico, primate behavior in lowland Peru, and mammalian biological corridor use in Costa Rica.
Our research team currently studies threatened species in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, and Costa Rica, with an emphasis on mammals.
IUCN Red List and Global Assessment Activities:
Thomas Lacher, Nikki Roach, and Shelby McCay are leading Red Listing efforts from TAMU for the Small Mammal Specialist Group, with the help from over a dozen undergraduates, 100+ global collaborators, and the SMSG team at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in the UK, the Global Mammal Assessment team at Sapienza Università di Roma, and at the IUCN Red List Unit in Cambridge, UK. Contact Shelby (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how you can get involved.
Building Climate Resilience: Seeking Sustainable Solutions for Water, Agriculture and Biodiversity in Arid Regions:
We are a multi-College team of researchers at Texas A&M University working on the application of new generation, high resolution climate models, integrated with land use variables, to deliver adaptation solutions to rural stakeholders. We know of no other program that has the capabilities and the emerging national and international collaborations to do this. The ability to link sophisticated high resolution global system predictive models scaled to local levels and supported by domain modeling and knowledge will anticipate and generate regional solutions to the threats imposed by climate change. Please visit our web site for more information. https://buildingclimateresilience.wordpress.com/
Applied Biodiversity Conservation Scholars Program
The lab also currently hosts the Applied Biodiversity Science Conservation Scholars Program, supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The program supports between 13 and 15 undergraduates each year to conduct on-campus research with a faculty mentor followed by a fully funded summer internship to gain complementary practical and/or policy experience. Details of the program can be found at (https://absconservationscholarsprogram.wordpress.com/).