Michael Palmer

Michael Palmer is a community ecologist at Oklahoma State University who has investigated a host of topics related to plant ecology, including the distributions of trees in Costa Rican rainforests, vegetation of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and dynamics in an old-growth forest in North Carolina. His biggest current project is Floras of North America, an effort to produce a georeferenced database of plant species lists that will provide a crucial foundation for future ecological study, especially impacts of climate change and invasive species on native populations. Dr. Palmer brings his strong statistical background to the Loon Project to help us examine habitat selection. His contributions have included running simulations to determine that young loons settle on breeding lakes that resemble their natal lakes and, more recently, to investigate whether adult territory owners, once evicted, settle on second breeding lakes that are similar biologically and chemically to their first breeding lakes.