Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Jordan Karubian

Associate Professor - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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Department Affiliation
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology


  • 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

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2016-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2010-2015
  • 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

  • Director of Graduate Studies, EE Biology, 2015
  • 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


  • Elective Member, American Ornithologists Union, 2014
  • Biotropica Award for Excellence in Tropical Biology and Conservation. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, 2013
  • 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

Overseas Experience

  • Ecuador
  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico

Selected Publications

  • 2017. Genetic structure of brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) in the northern Gulf of Mexico in the context of human management and disturbance. With Geary, B., S.M. Longest, K. Ottewell, S.M. Lantz, S.T. Walter, and P.L. Leberg. PLoS One 12.
  • 2017. Environmental disturbance increases social connectivity in a tropical passerine bird. With Lantz, S. PLoS One 12(8): 0183144.
  • 2017. Production of plumage ornaments among males and females of two closely related tropical passerine bird species. With Enbody, E., S.M. Lantz. Ecology & Evolution 7: 4024-4034.
  • 2016. Nectar robbing impacts pollinator behavior but not plant reproduction. With Hazlehurst, J.A. Oikos 125: 1668-1676.
  • 2015. Genetic consequences of seed dispersal to sleeping trees by spider monkeys. With K. Ottewell, A. Link, and A. DiFiori. Acta oecologica 68: 50-58.
  • 2015. Genetic and demographic correlates of habitat loss and defaunation for a Neotropical palm. With Browne, L., K. Ottewell. Heredity 115: 385-395.
  • 2015. No evidence for sexual selection in the green manakin Xenopipo holochlora. With Durães Ribeiro, R., J.E. McCormack, H.G. Alvarez, L. Carrasco, G.F. Grether, P. Mena, R. Sedano, T.B. Smith. Journal of Avian Biology 46(3): 307-314.
  • 2014. Genomic and morphological analysis of an avian hybrid zone reveals asymmetrical introgression of a sexual signal. With Baldassarre, D.T., T.A. White, and M.S. Webster. Evolution 68(9): 2644-2657.
  • 2014. Amphibian diversity and species composition in relation to habitat type and disturbance in the Mache-Chindul Reserve, northwest Ecuador. With Jongsma, G.F.M., R. Hedley, R. Durães. Herpetologica 70: 34-46.
  • 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: Tropical Field Biology & Conservation; Experiential Animal Behavior

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 9

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