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Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
M.S., 2013, University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
B.S. 2011, University of Michigan, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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Email: alexandria.moore [at] yale.edu
Office: Greeley Laboratory, Rm 119
School of Forestry & Enviro Studies
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511 USA
Wetland restoration initiatives have been an important component of efforts to safeguard and recover lost and degraded ecosystem services since the mid-1900s. However, recent studies have shown that, on average, restored wetlands have reduced biological structure and biogeochemical functioning compared to natural reference wetlands. Traditional restoration methods often aim to restore the physical and hydrological features of wetland sites with little regard for the biological features, such as community structure and species interactions, that may be important drivers of ecosystem functioning. Therefore, in my research, I am evaluating whether actively restoring community structure with functionally important species (the European green crab, the purple marsh crab, fiddler crabs, and marsh vegetation) will enhance the restoration of structure and function in New England tidal wetlands.
Wetlands are a critically important ecosystem type throughout the world, providing services and benefits that other ecosystems do not. Having an understanding of the best practices for restoring these and other degraded environments is essential to maintaining the health and functioning of natural systems on which humans depend.
MS Thesis Research - "Evaluation of a potentially highly restricted freshwater gastropod species: Implications for conservation". The purpose of this study was to evaluate the species status of a putative new species of freshwater snail in southeastern Oregon through molecular and morphological techniques. Is this snail a distinct species? If so, what is its current status within its habitat? My research examined the habitat in which this snail is found, documenting its ecology and distribution as well as provided information on population size and environmental conditions for conservation purposes.
Field Ecology Research - "Vegetation and ConspecficDependent Spatial Distribution in Four Amphibian Species of Southeast Michigan". This study focused on how the presence of three tree species (witch hazel, red maple, and black cherry) and competitors within the E.S. George Reserve (Pinckney, MI) ecosystem influenced the spatial distributions of local amphibians. We found conspecific and habitat composition aggregation among salamanders. These results suggest that several factors influence how amphibians on the reserve are distributed within their ecosystem.
Independent Research - "Herbivory and Milkweed Fitness – A study of the effects of herbivory on plant fitness". This research focused on the fitness impacts of herbivores on the common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca. The results of this research suggest that herbivores may have a substantial impact on the direction and intensity of evolution in their plant hosts.
US Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Intern - During the summer of 2010, I participated in four projects with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, ME. The first involved the assessment of local distributions and habitat preference of the American woodcock in Baring, Maine. The second project was an ecological survey of local waterfowl to determine brooding success and distribution. The third project focused on wetland restoration and the improvement of water passageways for aquatic species. Finally, the fourth project involved analyzing the distribution and removal of three common invasive plant species: purple loosestrife, spotted knapweed, and common buckthorn.
Smith-Ramesh, L.M., A.C. Moore, and O.J. Schmitz. 2016. Global synthesis suggests that food web connectance correlates to invasion resistance. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13460
Moore, A.C., Duda, T.F., and Burch, J.B. Recognition of a highly restricted freshwater snail lineage (Physidae: Physella) in southeastern Oregon: Convergent evolution, historical context, and conservation considerations. Conservation Genetics. doi: 10.1007/s10592-014-0645-5