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David K. Skelly
Yale University
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511 USA

Yale FES



L. Kealoha Freidenburg

Office: Greeley Laboratory, Room 119
Lab Phone: (203) 432-5321
Fax: (203) 432-3929

B.A. Biology
Pomona College, California
M.S. Fisheries
University of Washington
Ph.D. Ecology & Evol. Biology
University of Connecticut

The distribution of organisms in space is of fundamental interest to ecologists. In my research I have focused on spatial distributions at multiple scales and in the mechanisms that connect patterns at one scale to patterns at another scale.  I have used field observations extensively and integrated understanding of the revealed patterns with experiments conducted in both field and laboratory.

One of the clearest insights from these studies has been the realization that even a generalist species such as the wood frog that is broadly distributed over much of North America is highly sensitive to spatial gradients that can operate on scales of centimeters.  Reconciling an understanding of this small scale sensitivity with ecological success of broad geographic scales is a focus of current and future work.

Wood frog eggmasses



Skelly, D. K., S. R. Bolden, and L. K. Freidenburg. 2014. Experimental canopy removal enhances diversity of vernal pond amphibians.  Ecological Applications 24:340-345.  Link

Skelly, D. K. and L. K. Freidenburg. 2012. “Applied Ecology.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. EIC Christopher Key Chapple. New York: Oxford University Press. Link

Skelly, D. K. and L. K. Freidenburg. 2010. Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.  Link

Skelly, D. K., L. N. Joseph, H. P. Possingham, L. K. Freidenburg, T. J. Farrugia, M. T. Kinnison, and A. P. Hendry. 2007. Evolutionary responses to climate change. Conservation Biology 21:1353-1355. Link

Skelly, D. K., S. R. Bolden, L. K. Freidenburg, N. A. Freidenfelds, and R. Levey. 2007. Ribeiroia infection is not responsible for Vermont amphibian deformities. EcoHealth 4:156-163. Link