Austin Roy holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso. His research focuses on wildlife-ecosystem interactions, wildlife conservation, and vector-borne diseases. In particular he is interested in how species shape their environments and how changes in wildlife populations and communities affect ecosystem function. He conducts his work in various ecosystems including tundra, deserts, forests, wetlands, and periurban environments. For this project, Austin acts as field lead for our Utqiaġvik site and collects and analyzes data to examine how small mammal herbivores influence soils, plant communities, and carbon cycling in the arctic tundra of Northern Alaska. You can learn more about his research at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Austin-Roy.
El Paso, TX