Biography

Dr. Stanbrook is broadly interested in the ecology and conservation of Afrotropical montane forest and agro-ecosystems, and the impact of human activities on the diversity and functioning of these ecosystems. Her current research focuses on the effects of ranch management and climate instability on dung beetle and associated ecosystem functioning in the south-eastern United States. I am currently leading a USDA-funded project, which investigates the links between dung beetle biodiversity and ecosystem service provisioning in pastoral landscapes, with fieldwork based at the Archbold Biological Station in south Florida. She is also part of the NSF funded NEON-TWG and work to provide input and advice regarding the science design and protocols related to NEON ground beetle sampling at over eighty sites distributed across the contiguous United States. In Tanzania, she is exploring the relationship between decreased dung beetle diversity and ecosystem functioning in the Afromontane forests in the UNESCO protected Ngorongoro Conservation Area.