Pomona College, California
University of Washington
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.
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.
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