Dr. John Lloyd is the Senior Research Ecologist at Ecostudies Institute, a non-profit corporation that conducts ecological research in support of conservation. Dr. Lloyd received a B.S. degree (magna cum laude) in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. Dr. Lloyd’s dissertation research addressed causes of variation in life history traits among species, populations, and individuals. In particular, he examined the role of sibling rivalry as an agent of selection on developmental rates, nest-site selection as a source of maternal effects in birds, and habitat-specific variation in life-history traits arising from the spread of a non-native plant. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he worked with the U.S. Forest Service’s National Highway Program before joining Ecostudies Institute. In 2002, Dr. Lloyd and his colleagues at the University of Arizona received the George Miksch Sutton Award in Conservation Research from the Southwestern Association of Naturalists.
Dr. Lloyd’s research program is focused on addressing conservation questions within a framework of behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, or ecology. He is also interested in the application of new or alternative approaches to data analysis, including information-theoretic and Bayesian methods. Currently, Dr. Lloyd is studying reintroduced populations of Eastern Bluebirds and Brown-headed Nuthatches in Everglades National Park in an effort to understand the environmental factors that drive variation in demographic rates, the effect of wildfire and fuels management on pineland birds, and the conservation and taxonomy of Brown-headed Nuthatches on Grand Bahama Island. Dr. Lloyd is also continuing with his work, begun while working at the U.S. Forest Service’s National Highway Program, to understand, predict, and mitigate the effects of highways on wildlife.