Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Jordan Karubian

Associate Professor - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Contact Info


  • B.S., University of California, San Diego, Ecology, 1993
  • M.S., University of Chicago, Ecology and Evolution, 1997
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Ecology and Evolution, 2001

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2010-
  • Instructor, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007-2009
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Chicago, 1996-2001
  • Teaching Assistant, The University of California, San Diego, 1993

Research & Teaching Specializations: Tropical Research; Animal Behavior; Conservation; Ecology; Evolution; Ornithology; Ecuador

Related Experience

  • Associate Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles, Institute for the Environment, 2007-
  • Latin America Director, University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Tropical Research at the Institute of the Environment, 2002-
  • Assistant Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004-2007
  • Reviewer, Auk, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Condor, Cotinga, Emu, Evolution, Journal of Avian Biology, Journal of Field Ornithology, Wilson Journal of Ornithology


  • Kylene and Brad Beers Professorship in Social Entrepreneurship, Tulane University, 2012-2015
  • Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, 2012
  • International Research Fellow, National Science Foundation, 2004-2006
  • Fulbright Fellow, Ecuador, 2003
  • Research Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Society and National Geographic Society, 2003
  • Visiting Scholar, Australia National University, 1997-2001


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Selected Publications

  • 2013. “Amphibian diversity and species composition in relation to habitat disturbances in the Mache-Chindul Reserve, northwest Ecuador.” With G.F.M. Jongsma, R. Hedley, and R. Durães. Herpetologica 70: 34-46.
  • 2012. “Using alpha, beta, and gamma diversity to characterize seed dispersal by animal social behavior matters.” With D.G. Scofield, P.E. Smouse, and V.L. Sork. American Naturalist 180 (6): 719-732. Doi: 10.1086/668202.
  • 2009. “Effects of seed dispersal on patterns of seed movement and deposition.” With R. Durães. Oecologia Brasiliensis 13: 45-57.
  • 2008. “The effects of delayed plumage maturation on aggression and survival in male red-backed fairy-wrens.” With Sillett TS and Webster MS. Behavioral Ecology. 19 (3): 508-516.
  • 2008. “Home range and habitat preferences of the Banded Ground-cuckoo Neomorphus radiolosus.” With Carrasco L. Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 120: 205-209.
  • 2008. “Advances in sexual selection theory: insights from tropical avifauna.” With Tori W, et al. Neotropical Ornithology. 19: 151-163.
  • 2008. “Extra-pair paternity and sexual selection in socially monogamous birds: are tropical birds different?” With Macedo R.H. and M.S. Webster. Auk. 125 (4): 769-777.
  • 2005. “Temporal and spatial patterns of macaw abundance in the Ecuadorian Amazon.” With J. Fabarra, et al. Condor. 107 (3): 617-626.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: EBIO-378: Tropical Field Biology & Conservation, EBIO-329: Experiential Animal Behavior

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 8

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