The EspindoLab's goal is to connect ecology and evolution to understand the effect of the biotic and abiotic environment on individual species, species communities, and inter-species interactions (with a slight preference for pollination). To do this, we mix-and-match phylogenetic, geospatial, ecological, and experimental approaches.
Diversity is at the Core
In the same way that we know that biological communities are more resilient (are prettier) when there is a lot of diversity, we think that human groups are also more resilient, stronger, and more enriching when they are diverse.
Our lab is a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive place for all members of society, independently of their race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or gender.
Where we stand
Every community owes its existence and strength to the generations before them, around the world, who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy into making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to migrate from their homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical in building mutual respect and connections across all barriers of heritage and difference.
In the EspindoLab, we believe it is important to create dialogue to honor those that have been historically and systemically disenfranchised. So, we acknowledge the truth that is often buried: We are on the ancestral lands of the Piscataway People, who were among the first in the Western Hemisphere. We are on indigenous land that was stolen from the Piscataway People by European colonists. We pay respects to Piscataway elders and ancestors. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together today.
(This land acknowledgment was organized by Ghonva Ghauri from MICA and approved by Piscataway elders)