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Max is an urban ecologist, evolutionary biologist, and conservation biologist with a penchant for amphibians and reptiles. His work addresses how urban and suburban contamination and landscape structure influences the development, health, demography, and evolutionary trajectories of wild animals in the United Sates. His research integrates a variety of methods ranging from field experiments to genomics and studies of museum specimens. Max wrote one of the original conceptual papers teasing apart how natural selection and phenotypic plasticity might allow biodiversity to adapt to an increasingly urban world.
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