Meet Our New Scientists

We are pleased to announce the addition of Visiting Scientist Dr. Robert Clark (left) and Post-doctoral Research Fellow Dr. Wales Carter (right) to the Great Hollow team. Dr. Clark is an entomologist who studies the roles of insects in forest and agricultural food webs, and the management of invasive insects using advanced modeling techniques. He joins us from Washington State University where he has been an Assistant Research Professor for the past year, and before that, was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow, studying invasive insect outbreaks in cultivated and wild legumes of the Pacific Northwest. Originally from Connecticut, he earned his B.S. and M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science from Central Connecticut State University, and his Ph.D. in Biology from Wesleyan University where he studied the beneficial role of ants as “keystone species” in Connecticut forests. His work has been published in several prominent journals, including Ecology, Ecology Letters, and Oecologia.

Dr. Wales Carter is a physiological ecologist who studies interactions among nutrition, physiology, and behavior, particularly in the context of long-distance bird migration.  He recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rhode Island where he studied the diet and spatial behavior of the imperiled New England cottontail rabbit. Prior to that, he earned a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island, studying the effects of dietary fatty acids and antioxidants on the energy metabolism of migrating songbirds. His research has been published in several leading outlets, such as Ecology and Evolution, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, and the Journal of Experimental Biology. Drs. Clark and Carter have already joined forces on a plant-insect-bird trophic interaction project that combines their different areas of expertise, and we look forward to many other exciting, new projects to come. Stay tuned!

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