University of Maryland Maile C. Neel  
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<i>Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. mojavense</i> habitat Research in my lab reflects my commitment to conserving biological diversity. Contributions to conservation include increasing understanding of particular species and natural communities that can inform conservation planning and decision making, and evaluating the consequences of making decisions with incomplete information. Research in my lab also reflects my interest in integrating tools from different fields and integrating across temporal and spatial scales to address fundamental questions in new ways.

This research provides opportunities for students to learn and use a variety of techniques from molecular biology to geographic information system analysis to address ecological and evolutionary questions relevant to conservation.

A few examples of ongoing research efforts include

- Spatial patterns of biological diversity and reserve design.

- Assessing the evolutionary distinctiveness of putatively rare taxa.

- Understanding behavior of landscape pattern metrics used to quantify habitat fragmentation.

- Understanding the role of genetic diversity in restoration success.

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