Eric Sokol

Eric Sokol

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Research Scientist/Quantitative Ecologist, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)


  • PhD: Virginia Tech, 2009

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I am an ecologist and my work focuses on understanding the processes that control patterns in biodiversity. This includes visiting and collecting data from diverse ecosystems as well using computer models to simulate and predict how metacommunity dynamics can be linked to diversity outcomes.




Eric Sokol, Barrett, J. E., Kohler, T. J., Diane M. McKnight, Salvatore, M. R., Stanish, L. F. 2020: Evaluating alternative metacommunity hypotheses for diatoms in the McMurdo Dry Valleys using simulations and remote sensing data. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8: 521668. DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2020.521668

Hughey, M. C., Eric Sokol, Walke, J. B., Becker, M. H., Belden, L. K. 2019: Ecological correlates of large-scale turnover in the dominant members of Pseudacris crucifer skin bacterial communities. Microbial Ecology, 78(4): 832-842. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-019-01372-0

Eric Sokol, Brown, B. L., Barrett, J. E. 2017: A simulation-based approach to understand how metacommunity characteristics influence emergent biodiversity patterns. Oikos, 126(5): 723-737. DOI: 10.1111/oik.03690