Matthew Lichty

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Matthew Is a student at Knox College , studying Computer Science, Environmental Studies , and is expecting to graduate in 2015 .

About Me:
I have an interest in the ways that computer technology can improve research in ecology and environmental studies. Having this research opportunity is very exciting for me because ecological niche modeling, the basis of my project, is a fascinating example of computers being applied to ecology research.

My Projects
Optimizing ecological niche models for studies of evolution in neotropical legumes (2013)

Ecological niche modeling, also known as species distribution modeling, has emerged as a powerful tool in ecology and evolutionary biology. The technique combines occurrence records of a species together with climatic or other environmental variables to produce a model of the species fundamental niche. The model is then applied to geographic space to approximate the species abiotically