ecologist and photograper
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About Jeff Kerby, PhD


Jeffrey T. Kerby, PhD


I'm an ecologist interested in how life history traits mediate species interactions, particularly in the seasonal and rapidly changing environments of the the Arctic and Afro-alpine zones. My research includes community, landscape, and behavioral ecological perspectives, and has recently focused on gelada monkeys in Ethiopia and plant-animal interactions in Greenland and northern Canada.  

The concept of scale is at the interface of many of my research questions, linking the ecological dynamics of individuals and communities to broader regions, particularly in the context of climate change.  In addition to satellite-derived data, I incorporate quantitative time-lapse photography and small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to bridge observational gaps in field data through both time and space.

Currently I am a Neukom Institute for Computational Science Post-doctoral Fellow '16 and a Dickey Center Visiting Arctic Fellow at Dartmouth College.


I use photographs and video as research tools, but also as a means to share complex stories as a professional photojournalist relating to ecology, natural history, and scientists at work.  I am constantly exploring for new ways to engage with all of these outlets.