GWISE interviews LACS Fellowship winner Anna Thonis

Name: Anna Thonis

Education: Double B.S. (2017) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Environmental Science (concentration: Geology) and Sustainability Studies. M.S. (2018) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biological Sciences. Currently pursuing a PhD in Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University.
Research: My research focuses on improving the predictive performance of species distribution models by incorporating hurricane data and field-collected competition data into the models. I am using all ten species of Puerto Rican Anolis lizards as my study system.   
Future goal(s): Following my PhD, I would like to complete a postdoc focusing on tropical lizard conservation. I hope to secure a postdoc that allows me to conduct field work in the Caribbean or in South America (most ideally in Ecuador’s Amazon because there are so many little-studied lizard species there!). My ultimate goal is to secure a professor position. 

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