About Me

I am a PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles, working with Professor Tom Smith.

I received my B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, where I worked with Assistant Professor Morgan Tingley.

My research focuses on the importance of landscape structure for animal movements and the role of animals as dispersal vectors for other organisms. I am currently studying seed dispersal in rainforests of Cameroon.

Contact: nickrusso@ucla.edu

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Hiking to field sites along the Dientes de Navarino trail of Navarino Island, Chile, to study bryophyte consumption by high Andean birds. Photo: M. Robertson