Dr. Patrick R. Stephens
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
735 State Street, Suite 300
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
phone: (805) 882-9218
My research uses phylogenetic methods to address questions that lie at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology. The primary areas in which my research is focused included (1) the origins of regional patterns of species richness, (2) phylogenetic niche conservatism and the origins of large scale patterns of community structure, and (3) the phylogeny of amphibians and reptiles, particularly emydid turtles. My primary project at NCEAS is a synthetic study exploring the relationship between time and regional patterns of species richness in terrestrial plant and animal lineages.