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Assistant Professor of Paleoecology and Plant Ecology
Dr. Gill holds a joint appointment in CCI and the School of Biology & Ecology. As a paleoecologist and biogeographer, she takes a community ecology approach to research how species and communities have responded to climate change through time, particularly in synergy with other drivers. Current projects involve novel plant communities and ecostystems, the ecological consequences of extinctions in the paleorecord (particularly of Pleistocene megafauna), plant community assembly and disassembly, the conservation lessons of climate-driven Quaternary extinctions, and plant migration and dispersal. Jacquelyn applies an interdisciplinary approach combining paleoenvironmental reconstructions from lake sediments, modern field ecology, and mechanistic species distribution modeling. Her goal is to help other ecologists, conservationists, and policy makers better understand how ecosystems have responded to past change, in order to make informed decisions about present and future landscapes.
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