Ecological meta-research

Rob Crystal-Ornelas, PhD


About me

I received my PhD in Ecology and Evolution from the Lockwood Lab at Rutgers University in May 2019.

I specialize in using meta-analysis and systematic review to make sense of an immense amount of ecological data.

I am the chair of the Ecological Society of America's Student Section.

I make art and host a podcast called Science in Progress.

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Current news

  • I just returned from my second summer teaching with Clubes de Ciencia. This Mexico-based NGO emphasizes STEM education for students in high school and college. For more info click here. My trip was supported by the US consulate, and I gave a talk at the consulate’s Esquina Franklin, Guadalajara.

  • UC Davis’ Coastal and Marine Sciences department recently published thoughts on how graduate school is similar long-distance running here.


Check out my co-authored publication on the benefits of Sci-Art practices.  Open-access in the ESA Bulletin.

My podcast Science in Progress is available anywhere you find podcasts!  In each episode, I interview students and research techs about their experiences beginning careers in science.

My research on the Pin-tailed Whydah, an invasive brood parasite, published in The Condor.  Also, written-up in the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Mother Nature Network!