I am Dr. Rob Channell, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Fort Hays State University. I conduct research on the distribution and abundance of species at continental scales. Understanding how variation in the environment and human disturbance affect the spatial distribution of declining species is the focus of my work. I hope that by better understanding how the distribution of species change we can make more effective decisions to conserve species
Most of my classes focus on aspects of ecology or quantitative and spatial analysis of ecological data -- particularly the application of concepts and techniques for the conservation of biological diversity. Working with students to prepare them for their careers or furthering their education is the most important aspect of my job. Guiding undergraduate and graduate student research and assisting them with their projects is the aspect of my job that I most enjoy. I take great pride in the success and happiness of my students.
“ It is difficult to be in the midst of change and to understand it: to separate the deep structures from the shallow constructions the long rhythms from time's embellishments or the profound understandings from the current enthusiasms. And we are very much in the midst of change. ”
– The Earth as Transformed by Human Action