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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Biological Sciences
Brad Lister
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Department of Biological Sciences
1W14 Jonsson-Rowland Science Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590

Phone: (518) 276-6446
Fax: (518) 276-2344

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Brad Lister

Research Professor

Education and Training

B.A. Tufts University
Ph.D. Princeton


Tel: (518) 276-2143
Fax: (518) 276-2344
Office: Science Center Rm. 2C38

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY12180

Research Interests

Ecology and evolutionary biology, ecological impacts of climate change, computational ecology.

My recent field research has focused on the impact of climate warming on ectotherms in the Luquillo rainforest and the Guanica tropical dry forest in Puerto Rico. Part of this work involves comparisons of the current niche relationships and abundances of resident anoles, as well as arthropod densities, with studies that I conducted in the same locations during the 1970s. Since that time, the average temperature of the rainforst has increased by 2.2 C. To date we have discovered major changes in resource utilization, abundances, and sex ratios of several Puerto Rican anoles, and have documented a 10-20 fold decline in numbers and biomass of arthropod prey. In the area of computational ecology, I collaborate with Professor Peter Kramer from RPI’s Department of Mathematics in developing biology-based models of ecosystem dynamics.

See my homepage for more information.

Selected Publications

Lister, B.C. and A. Garcia. 2012. Radio tracking anoles The Anole Annals August, Harvard University

Lister, B.C. 2012. Long term changes in the Anolis communities of a tropical rainforest. The Anole Annals February, Harvard University

Lister, B.C. and A. Garcia. 2012. Seasonal Niche Relationships of Rainforest Anoles: A 35 Year Retrospective Study. To be Submitted to Ecology

Garcia, A. and B.C. Lister. 2010. Behavioral responses to seasonality by two Sceloporine species from a tropical dry forest.Animal Biology 60: 97-113

Sardar, H., V. Luczak, M. Lopez, B. C. Lister, S. P. Gilbert.2010. Mitotic Kinesin CENP-E Promotes Microtubule Plus-End Elongation. Current Biology 20:1648-1653

Lister, B.C, W. Siegmann, J. Ecker and M. Kiehl. The Transfer of Learning between Introductory and Advanced STEM courses. 2008. In The Assessment of Student Achievement. Donald Deeds, editor. NSF ASA Special volume.

McDaniel, CN, Lister, BC, Hanna, MH, and Roy, H. 2007. Increased learning observed in redesigned introductory biology course that employed web-enhanced, interactive pedagogy. CBE-Life Sciences Education 6: 243-249.

Kaminsky, D., B.C. Lister and P. Theroux. 2005. Exploring the link between student learning styles and grades in an introductory thermal-fluids course. Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education

B. C. Lister. 2003. Next Generation Studio: The Future of Interactive Learning. Proceedings of the XII International Congress on Technology and Education. San Jose, Costa Rica.

M. Cabrera y B.C. Lister. 2003. Las Perspectivas Internacionales de los Nuevos Modelos del Aprendizaje en Linea. Procedimientos del X Encuentro Iberoamericano de Educacion Superior a Distancia. San Jose, Costa Rica.

B. C. Lister. 2001. The History of Ecology. The Encyclopedia of Plant Sciences, ed. Richard Robinson, MacMillan.

B. C. Lister. 2001. Fredric Clements. The Encyclopedia of Plant Sciences, ed. Richard Robinson, MacMillan.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Department of Biological Sciences