Alison Ke is a second year Ph.D. student in the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California, Davis. She received a B.A. in statistics and a B.S. in forestry and natural resources from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017.
Alison is fundamentally interested in how biodiversity is generated and maintained, and she applies this topic to biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes. She combines field research with existing data to investigate (1) novel statistical modeling methods in community ecology, (2) local, regional, and global effects of agricultural land-use change on bird communities, and (3) land management strategies to optimize biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. Her research has focused on the role of multi-scale environmental heterogeneity in promoting different dimensions of bird diversity, and she hopes to further explore how different dimensions of biodiversity relate to ecosystem functioning. Check out her website!