Megan Sullivan

Research Overview

I earned a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from the Ohio State University in 2014. I have worked at field sites in Panama (2013), Flagstaff (2014), Gabon (2015), and China (2016), and have worked with a variety of datasets from Neotropical areas. While living and working for a year in Gabon, I learned a great deal about the relationship between local communities and forests. This impacted my view of scientific research, conservation, and outreach work immensely. I am eager to continue my research in Central Africa, encourage more integration between science and policy, and work with local communities as a part of my work.


My research focuses on the mechanisms of tree coexistence in tropical forests. Ultimately, I hope this understanding will allow us as scientists to better understand the processes in tropical ecosystems and forests in general and allow us to better predict and prepare for changes to our natural world in the future.