A central goal of my research is to understand the patterns and mechanisms underlying biological diversification and species distributions across scales. A significant part of my research also includes conservation, remote sensing and rewilding. A few of the questions that keep me busy are 1) how the biotic interactions and abiotic factors drive adaptation and diversification; 2) what is the role of biotic interactions and abiotic factors in shaping intraspecific trait variation in space and time; 3) investigating the factors that determine species distributions under global change; 4) refining and developing the existing methodologies used in biogeography and macroecology; and 5) how do organisms cope with the rapidly changing environment during Anthropocene. I explore these questions using a variety of tools, including geospatial analysis, remote sensing, species distributions modeling, landscape connectivity modeling, field observations, and experiments. For my research, I often use a combination of field observations, literature data, herbarium and/or museum data, as well as online databases and citizen data to gather species distribution and phenotypic data.
Gherghel, I., Strugariu, A., Tedrow, R., Romanescu, R. (2019) A regional analysis on the amphibian and reptile communities from the Carpathian Mountains and the abiotic factors that shape their distributions and community assemblages. Regional Environmental Change 19: 2563–2572. DOI:10.1007/s10113-019-01577-6
June 2020: Our paper on integrating niche and corridor modeling to study species’ range was accepted for publication in Ecography
April 2020: Our new paper on estimating species distribution estimates for organisms with complex life histories was accepted for publication in Coral Reefs
October 2019: Our paper on using geostatistics to infer dispersal of Podarcis muralis into new territories was published in Acta Oecologica
September 2019: Our paper on how amphibian and reptiles communities structure and what abiotic factors influence their assemblages was accepted in Regional Environmental Change
July 2019: Our paper on the importance of accessible areas when modeling species distributions was accepted in Progress in Physical Geography