Kimberly A. Franklin
Regions: Central Sonora, Sky Islands
My research interests range widely within the fields of ecology and include both theoretical and practical aspects of biodiversity, from understanding the factors that underlie broad-scale patterns in the distribution of biodiversity to developing land management strategies that limit the spread of invasive species that threaten native biodiversity. I am most interested in working at regional scales because regional variation in factors such as temperature and precipitation often provides an ideal setting in which to investigate spatial variation in biodiversity. I am currently working with a team of scientists from the University of Arizona led by Dr. Wendy Moore on a long-term project to understand the ecology and evolution of the soil arthropod communities of the Sky Islands of southern Arizona.