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Haldre Rogers
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Huxley Research Instructor
 
e-mail:haldre@rice.edu
 
  • PhD (2011) University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • BA Biology (2000) Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
 
Primary Department
   Department of BioSciences
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Websites
 Research website
 
Research Areas
 tropical forest ecology, community ecology, seed dispersal, trophic cascades, invasive species, conservation, human-environment interactions
 

Research Statement

 

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I am a community ecologist and conservation biologist, and my research is motivated by a desire to understand and effectively address environmental problems. I study the impact of biodiversity loss on ecosystem services, with a focus on seed dispersal and food web dynamics in tropical forest ecosystems. Much of my research has taken place in the Mariana Islands with the Ecology of Bird Loss project. The Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis) was introduced to the island of Guam in the 1940's and has has since caused the functional extirpation of all native forest bird species on the island, resulting in the only contemporary case of whole-island forest bird loss in the world. This has provided an opportunity to examine the role of birds in pollination, seed dispersal, and food web dynamics.


Pubmed Search for articles by HS Rogers

 
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles
 

Wandrag, EM, RH Miller, AE Dunham, and HS Rogers. Vertebrate seed dispersers maintain the composition of tropical forest seedbanks. In press

 
 

Fricke, E, JJ Tewksbury and HS Rogers. 2014. Multiple natural enemies cause distance‐dependent mortality at the seed-to-seedling transition. Ecology Letters 17(5):593-8.

 
 

Beckman, NG and HS Rogers. 2013. Consequences of seed dispersal for plant recruitment in tropical forests: interactions within the seedscape. Biotropica. 45(6):666-681.

 
 

Caves EM, Jennings SB, HilleRisLambers J, Tewksbury JJ, Rogers HS  2013. Natural Experiment Demonstrates That Bird Loss Leads to Cessation of Dispersal of Native Seeds from Intact to Degraded Forests. PLoS ONE 8(5): e65618. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065618

 
 

Hille Ris Lambers, J, AK Ettinger, KR Ford, DC Haak, M Horwith, BE Miner, HS Rogers, KS Sheldon, JJ Tewksbury, SM Waters, and S Yang. 2013. Accidental experiments: ecological and evolutionary insights and opportunities derived from global change. Oikos. 122(12):1649:1661.

 
 

Rogers, HS, JJ Tewksbury, and J HilleRisLambers. Impact of complete bird loss on trees depends on species‐ specific strength of distance‐dependent mortality. Submitted to Ecology

 
 

Rogers HS, J Hille Ris Lambers, R Miller and JJ Tewksbury.  2012. ‘Natural experiment’ demonstrates top-down control of spiders by birds on a landscape-level.  PLoS ONE 7(9): e43446.

 
 

McConkey KR, S Prasad, RT Corlett, A Campos-Arceiz, JF Brodie, H Rogers and L Santamaria. 2012. Seed dispersal in changing landscapes Biological Conservation. 146(1):1-13

 
 

Combs J, A Freeberg, A Henck, G Jesperson, A Robbins, HS Rogers, K Sheldon, and E Wheat. 2012. Interdisciplinary, international, and inter-institutional graduate education: a new model for training future environmental leaders.  Bioscience 62:296-304

 
 

Rogers HS, J Hille Ris Lambers, R Miller and JJ Tewksbury. 2012. ‘Natural experiment’ demonstrates top-down control of spiders by birds on a landscape-level. PLoS ONE 7(9): e43446.

 
 

Combs J, Freeberg, A, Henck, A, Jesperson, G, Robbins, A, Rogers, HS, Sheldon, K, and Wheat, E "Interdisciplinary, international, and inter-institutional graduate education: a new model for training future environmental leaders." BioscienceIn Press

 
 Articles
 

Tewksbury JJ, Rogers HS. 2014. An animal-rich future. Science 345(6195):400. doi: 10.1126/science.1258601. PubMed PMID: 25061201.

 
 Book chapters
 

Wenny, DG, CH Sekercioglu, N Cordeiro, HS Rogers, D Kelly, and CJ Whelan. “Seed Dispersal by Fruit-eating Birds” in Why Birds Matter: Ecosystem Services Provided by Birds. University of California Press

 
Presentations
 Invited Talks
 

Rogers, HS. The impact of total bird loss on ecosystem services in the forests for Guam. British Ornithologists' Union (BOU) Annual Conference 2012, Apr 3-5, 2012, Leicester, UK

 
 

Rogers, HS.  "The impact of total bird loss on the forests of Guam." 4th International Ecosummit - Ecological sustainability, Columbus, OH. (Oct 1, 2012) With JJ Tewksbury, R Miller, J Hille Ris Lambers

 
 Other
 

Ignite ESA Session .  "Adaptive management in species recovery planning." Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. (August 7, 2013)

 
 

Presenter.  "Case study: The impact of complete frugivore loss on the island of Guam." Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. (August 7, 2013) With J HilleRisLambers and JJ Tewksbury

 
 Panelist
 

Co-Author.  "Ecosystem services in the mariana islands: Implications of bird loss for a wild chili pepper species." ATBC OTS Annual Meeting, (June 25, 2013) With M Egerer

 
 

Presenter.  "The island-wide loss of insectivorous birds initiates only a weak trophic cascade." ESA Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. (Aug 2011) With J Hille Ris Lambers, R Miller and JJ Tewksbury

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

"Does the island-wide loss of insectivorous birds initiate a trophic cascade? ." Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation , Honolulu, Hawaii. (July 2015)

 
 

Presenter.  "The effect of complete bird loss on species diversity and community structure in the forests of Guam." ATBC OTS Annual Meeting, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Jun 26, 2013) With JJ Tewksbury, J HilleRisLambers

 
 

Rogers, HS. The effect of complete bird loss on the forests of Guam. Ecological Society of America (ESA) 97th Annual Meeting, August 6-10, 2012, Portland, OR .

 
 Session Chair
 

Organizer.  "What Is The Fate Of a Forest Without Vertebrate Frugivores? Merging Case Studies With Theory. ." Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. (August 7, 2013) With Aslan, CE and Tewksbury, JJ

 
Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Chris Roy, MS Impact of bird loss on pollination networks in the Mariana Islands. (2013) (Thesis Committee Member)

 Evan Fricke, PhD The demographic importance of seed dispersal for tropical forest trees. (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Luis F. Bacardi Award for Advances in Tropical Conservation, Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation