Laura Cisneros
Laura Cisneros

Doctoral Candidate

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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E-mail: laura.cisneros@uconn.edu

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Laura Cisneros
University of Connecticut
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043
Storrs, CT 06269-3043, U.S.A.

Research Interests

Community Ecology; Metacommunity Ecology; Multiple Dimensions of Biodiversity; Landscape Ecology; Impacts of Anthropogenic Disturbance on Wildlife; Neotropical Mammals

Education

Doctor of Philosophy. In Progress. University of Connecticut. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Dissertation Title: Effects of human-modified landscapes on metacommunity structure and multiple dimensions of biodiversity. Dr. Michael R. Willig, Advisor.

Bachelor of Science. 2006. Michigan State University. Zoology with Honors, Concentration in Zoo and Aquarium Science.

Publications

Cisneros, L.M., Fagan, M.E. & Willig, M.R. Partitioning environmental and spatial effects on taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic structure of bats in a human-modified landscape. In Prep.

Cisneros, L.M., Fagan, M.E. & Willig, M.R. Effects of human-modified landscapes on taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic dimensions of bat biodiversity. Diversity and Distributions, In Review.

Dreiss, L.M., Burgio, K.R., Cisneros, L.M., Klingbeil, B.T., Patterson, B.D., Presley, S.J. & Willig, M.R. (2014) Taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic dimensions of rodent biodiversity along an extensive tropical elevational gradient. Ecography, In Review.

Cisneros, L.M., Fagan, M.E. & Willig, M.R. Season-specific and guild-specific effects of anthropogenic landscape modification on metacommunity structure of tropical bats. Journal of Animal Ecology, In Review.

Pfeifer, M., Lefebvre, V., Gardner, T.A., Arroyo-Rodriguez, V., Baeten, L., Banks-Leite, C., Barlow, J., Betts, M.G., Brunet, J., Cerezo, A., Cisneros, L.M., Collard, S., D’Cruze, N., da Silva Motta, C., Duguay, S., Eggermont, H., Eigenbrod, F., Hadley, A.S., Hanson, T.R., Hawes, J.E., Heartsill Scalley, T., Klingbeil, B.T., Kolb, A., Kormann, U., Kumar, S., Lachat, T., Lakeman Fraser, P., Lantschner, V., Laurance, W.F., Leal, I.R., Lens, L., Marsh, C.J., Medina-Rangel, G.F., Melles, S., Mezger, D., Oldekop, J.A., Overal, W.L., Owen, C., Peres, C.A., Phalan, B., Pidgeon, A.M., Pilia, O., Possingham, H.P., Possingham, M.L., Raheem, D.C., Ribeiro, D.B., Ribeiro Neto, J.D., Robinson, W.D., Robinson, R., Rytwinski, T., Scherber, C., Slade, E.M., Somarriba, E., Stouffer, P.C., Struebig, M.J., Tylianakis, J.M., Tscharntke, T., Tyre, A.J., Urbina Cardona, J.N., Vasconcelos, H.L., Wearn, O., Wells, K., Willig, M.R., Wood, E., Young, R.P., Bradley, A.V. & Ewers, R.M. (2014) BIOFRAG – a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. Ecology and Evolution, In Press, doi: 10.1002/ece3.1036.

Cisneros, L.M., Burgio, K.R., Dreiss, L.M., Klingbeil, B.T., Patterson, B.D., Presley, S.J. & Willig, M.R. (2014) Multiple dimensions of bat biodiversity along an extensive tropical elevational gradient. Journal of Animal Ecology, In Press, doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12201.

*Durant, K.A., Hall, R.W., Cisneros, L.M., Hyland, R.M. & Willig, M.R. (2013) Reproductive phenologies of phyllostomid bats in Costa Rica. Journal of Mammalogy, 94, 14381448.

Presley, S.J., Cisneros, L.M., Patterson, B.D. & Willig, M.R. (2012) Vertebrate metacommunity structure along an extensive elevational gradient in the tropics: a comparison of bats, rodents, and birds. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21, 968976.

Willig, M.R., Presley, S.J., Bloch, C.P., Castro-Arellano, I., Cisneros, L.M., Higgins, C.L. & Klingbeil, B.T. (2011) Tropical metacommunities along elevational gradients: effects of forest type and other environmental factors. Oikos, 120, 14971508.

* indicates student research conducted under my mentorship.

Presentations

Willig, M.R., Burgio, K.R., Cisneros, L.M., Dreiss, L.M., Patterson, B.D., Presley, S.J. & Klingbeil, B.T. (2014) Gradients of phylogenetic relatedness and size similarity: bats and rodents in a hotspot of tropical biodiversity (Manu, Peru). 94th American Society of Mammalogists Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (to be presented in June 2014)

Cisneros, L.M. & Willig, M.R. (2013) Partitioning the effects of spatial and environmental variation on phylogenetic structure of a bat metacommunity in a human-modified landscape. 98th Ecological Society of America Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Cisneros, L.M. & Willig, M.R. (2013) Identifying landscape characteristics that promote taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic dimensions of bat biodiversity. 93rd American Society of Mammalogists Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Hall, R.W., Durant, K.A., Cisneros, L.M., Hyland, R.M. & Willig, M.R. (2013) Reproductive phenologies of phyllostomid bats from Costa Rica. 93rd American Society of Mammalogists Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Willig, M.R., Burgio, K.R., Cisneros, L.M., Dreiss, L.M., Klingbeil, B.T., Patterson, B.D. & Presley, S.J. (2013) Comparative biodiversity of bats and rodents along an extensive tropical elevational gradient: taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic dimensions. 93rd American Society of Mammalogists Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

*Hall, R.W., Durant, K.A., Cisneros, L.M., Hyland, R.M. & Willig, M.R. (2013) Reproductive phenologies of phyllostomid bats from Costa Rica. 16th Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition, Storrs, Connecticut.

Cisneros, L.M. & Willig, M.R. (2012) Effects of landscape structure on multiple dimensions of bat biodiversity. 97th Ecological Society of America Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

Klingbeil, B.T., Burgio, K.R., Cisneros, L.M., Dresis, L.M., Patterson, B.D., Presley, S.J. & Willig, M.R. (2012) Variation in multiple dimensions of biodiversity along a tropical elevation gradient: inter-taxon comparison. 97th Ecological Society of America Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

Cisneros, L.M. & Willig, M.R. (2011) Neotropical bat metacommunities in a human-modified landscape. 91st American Society of Mammalogists Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

Klingbeil, B.T., Bloch, C.P., Castro-Arellano, I., Cisneros, L.M., Presley, S.J. & Willig, M.R. (2009) Metacommunity structure of gastropods along an elevational gradient in the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico. Luquillo Experimental Forest LTER Site Meeting, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Willig, M.R., Klingbeil, B.T., Bloch, C.P., Castro-Arellano, I., Cisneros, L.M. & Presley, S.J. (2009) Metacommunity structure of gastropods along an elevational gradient in the Luquillo Mountains, Puerto Rico. LTER All Scientists Meeting, Estes Park, Colorado.

* indicates student research conducted under my mentorship.

Professional Affiliations

Ecological Society of America

American Society of Mammalogists

Bat Conservation International

Curriculum Vitae

You can view my CV here: Cisneros CV

Three minute summary of dissertation research on effects of human-modified landscapes on multiple dimensions of bat biodiversity.