Last Updated: 9 September 2021

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 Phillip P.A. Staniczenko

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

City University of New York (CUNY), Brooklyn College
2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Office: Ingersoll Extension, Room 314

CUNY Graduate Center
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEB) PhD Subprogram
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Office: Fourth floor, Room 4316

E-mail: pstaniczenko(at-sign)brooklyn(dot)cuny(dot)edu

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Predicting the effects of environmental change on ecosystems

My work examines the effect of anthropogenic change on ecological networks representing interactions among species in a community. I aim to develop new techniques for analysing large and complex multispecies data. By bridging theory and empirical work, I hope to advance our understanding of community ecology and improve our ability to predict the effects of environmental change on ecosystems.

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  1. Lue, C.-H., Buffington, M.L., Scheffer, S., Lewis, M., Elliott, T.A., Lindsey, A.I.R., Driskell, A., Jandova, A., Kimura, M.T., Carton, Y., Kula, R.R., Schlenke, T.A., Mateos, M., Govind, S., Varaldi, J., Guerrieri, E., Giorgini, M., Wang, X., Hoelmer, K., Daane, K.M., Abram, P.K., Pardikes, N.A., Brown, J.J., Thierry, M., Poirié, M., Goldstein, P., Miller, S.E., Tracey, W.D., Davis, J.S., Jiggins, F.M., Wertheim, B., Lewis, O.T., Leips, J., Staniczenko, P.P.A., Hrcek, J. 2021
    DROP: Molecular voucher database for identification of Drosophila parasitoids
    Molecular Ecology Resources, 21, ‍2437–2454
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  2. Guy*, T.J., Hutchinson*, M.C., Baldock, K.C.R., Kayser, E., Baiser, B., Staniczenko, P.P.A., Goheen, J.R., Pringle, R.M. & Palmer, T.M. 2021
    *Joint first authors
    Large herbivores transform plant-pollinator networks in an African savanna
    Current Biology, 31, ‍2964–2971

  3. Losapio, G., Schöb, C., Staniczenko, P.P.A., Carrara, F., Palamara, G.M., De Moraes, C.M., Mescher, M.C., Brooker, R.W., Butterfield, B.J., Callaway, R.M., Cavieres, L.A., Kikvidze, Z., Lortie, C.J., Michalet, R., Pugnaire, F.I. & Bascompte, J. 2021
    Network motifs involving both competition and facilitation predict biodiversity in alpine plant communities
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 118, e2005759118

  4. Timm, C.M., Loomis, K., Stone, W., Mehoke, T., Brensinger, B., Pellicore, M., Staniczenko, P.P.A., Charles, C., Nayak, S. & Karig, D. 2020
    Isolation and characterization of diverse microbial representatives from the human skin microbiome
    Microbiome, 8, 58
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  5. Thompson, P.R., Fagan, W.F. & Staniczenko, P.P.A. 2020
    Predictor species: Modelling environmental co-responses to improve assessments of rare species occurrence
    Ecology & Evolution, 10, ‍3293–3304
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  6. Alexander*, S.M., Staniczenko*, P.P.A. & Bodin, Ö. 2020
    *Joint first authors
    Social ties explain catch portfolios of small-scale fishers in the Caribbean
    Fish & Fisheries, 21, 120–131
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  7. Baldock, K.C.R., Goddard, M.A., Hicks, D.M., Kunin, W.E., Mitschunas, N., Morse, H., Osgathorpe, L.M., Potts, S.G., Robertson, K.M., Scott, A.V., Staniczenko, P.P.A., Stone, G.N., Vaughan, I.P. & Memmott, J. 2019
    A systems approach reveals urban pollinator hotspots and conservation opportunities
    Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3, 363–373
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  8. Staniczenko, P.P.A., Suttle, K.B. & Pearson, R.G. 2018
    Negative biotic interactions drive predictions of distributions for species from a grassland community
    Biology Letters, 14, 20180426
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  9. Staniczenko, P.P.A., Lewis, O.T., Tylianakis, J.M., Albrecht, M., Coudrain, V., Klein, A.-M. & Reed-Tsochas, F. 2017
    Predicting the effect of habitat modification on networks of interacting species
    Nature Communications, 8, 792
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  10. Staniczenko, P.P.A., Sivasubramaniam, P., Suttle, K.B. & Pearson, R.G. 2017
    Linking macroecology and community ecology: Refining predictions of species distributions using biotic interaction networks
    Ecology Letters, 20, 693–707
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  11. Bewick*, S., Staniczenko*, P.P.A., Li, B., Karig, D. & Fagan, W.F. 2017
    *Joint first authors
    Invasion speeds in microbial systems with toxin production and quorum sensing
    Journal of Theoretical Biology, 420, 290–303

  12. Caravelli*, F. & Staniczenko*, P.P.A. 2016
    *Joint first authors
    Bounds on transient instability for complex ecosystems
    PLOS ONE, 11, 6

  13. Staniczenko, P.P.A., Smith, M.J. & Allesina, S. 2014
    Selecting food web models using normalized maximum likelihood
    Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 551–562

  14. Staniczenko, P.P.A., Kopp, J.C. & Allesina, S. 2013
    The ghost of nestedness in ecological networks
    Nature Communications, 4, 1931
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  15. De Sassi, C., Staniczenko, P.P.A. & Tylianakis, J.M. 2012
    Warming and nitrogen affect size structuring and density dependence in a host-parasitoid food web
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367, ‍3033–3041
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  16. Staniczenko, P.P.A., Lewis, O.T., Jones, N.S. & Reed-Tsochas, F. 2010
    Structural dynamics and robustness of food webs
    Ecology Letters, 13, 891–899
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  17. Staniczenko, P.P.A., Lee, C.-F. & Jones, N.S. 2009
    Rapidly detecting disorder in rhythmic biological signals: A spectral entropy measure to identify cardiac arrhythmias
    Physical Review E, 79:011915
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  18. Staniczenko, P.P.A. 2011
    Structure, dynamics, and robustness of ecological networks
    Doctoral Thesis, University of Oxford
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