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Leone Brown

Contact Info:
Environmental Studies Program
Tufts University
163 Packard Avenue
Barnum Hall, Room 203
Medford, MA 02155
Email: leone.brown@tufts.edu
Phone: 617-627-0952

Dr. Leone Brown

  • PhD, Ecology & Evolution, Stony Brook University
  • MA, Applied Ecology and Conservation, Stony Brook University
  • BS, Biology, minor Chemistry, The College of New Jersey

Expertise & Research Interests

Population ecology, landscape ecology, disease ecology, urban ecology, conservation biology, animal migrations and movement ecology, climate and land cover change, bird and butterfly natural history, environmental and health data science, art-science projects and collaborations

Courses Teaching/Taught

BIO 133: Ecological Statistics and Data Analysis (Spring 2019)
ENV 120: Introduction to Environmental Fieldwork
ENV 127: Art and Impact in Environmental Science
ENV 170: Data Analysis and Visualization


  • Arriens, J.V., Brown, L.M., Crone, E.E. 2020. Phenology of feeding preference in post-diapause Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton) caterpillars. Ecological Entomorlogy https://doi.org/10.1111/een.12963
  • Crone, E.E., Pelton, E.M., Brown, L.M., Thomas, C.C., and Schultz, C.B. 2019. Why are monarch butterfly populations declining in the West? Understanding the importance of multiple correlated drivers. Ecological Applications 29(7): e01975.
  • Crone, E.E., Brown, L.M., Hodgson, J.A., Lutscher, F., and Schultz, C.B. 2019. Faster movement in nonhabitat matrix promotes range shifts in heterogeneous landscapes. Ecology 100(7): e02701.
  • Sánchez, C.A., Becker, D.J., Teitelbaum, C.S., Barriga, P., Brown, L.M., Majewska, A.A., Hall, R.J., and Altizer, S.A. 2018. What drives relationships between body condition and parasite infection in wildlife? A review and meta-analysis. Ecology Letters 21(12): 1869-1884.
  • Bagchi, R., Brown, L.M., Elphick, C.S., Wagner, D.L., and Singer, M.S. 2018. Anthropogenic fragmentation of ecological communities: mechanisms for eroding the specificity of plant-herbivore-interactions. Oecologia 187(2): 521-533.
  • Brown, L.M., Hall, R.J. 2018. Consequences of resource supplementation for disease risk in a partially migratory population. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 373(1745): 20170095.
  • Schultz, C., Brown, L.M., Pelton, E., and Crone, E.E. 2017. Citizen science monitoring demonstrates dramatic declines of monarch butterflies in western North America. Biological Conservation 214: 343-346. Press release
  • Jahn, A.E., Bejarano, V., Benavides Guzmán, M., Brown, L.M., Carvalho Provinciato, I.C.,Cereghetti, J., Cueto, V.R., Giraldo, J.I., Gomez, V., Husak, M.S., LePage, H., MacPherson, M., Marini, M.A., Pizo, M.A., Quickle, A., Roeder, D.V., Sarasola, J.H., and Tuero, D.T. 2017. Molt while breeding? Lessons from New World Tyrannus flycatchers. Journal of Ornithology 158(4): 1061-1072.
  • Brown, L.M., Fuda, R.K., Schtickzelle, N., Coffman, H., Jost, A., Kemper, E., Sass, E., and Crone, E.E. 2017. Landscape heterogeneity affects movement, connectivity, and patch occupancy times in a grassland butterfly. Landscape Ecology 32(8): 1-14.
  • Brown, L.M., Breed, G.A., Severns, P.M., and Crone, E.E. 2017. Losing a battle but winning the war: Moving past preference-performance to understand native herbivore-novel host plant interactions. Oecologia 183(2): 441-453.
  • Schultz, C., Pe'er, G., Damiani, C., Brown, L.M., and Crone, E.E. 2017. Does movement behavior predict population densities? A test with 25 butterfly species. Journal of Animal Ecology 86(2): 384-393.
  • Brown, L.M., and Crone, E.E. 2016. Individual variation changes dispersal distance and area requirements of a checkerspot butterfly. Ecology ¬97(1): 106-115.
  • Brown, L.M., and Crone, E.E. 2016. Minimum area requirements for an at-risk butterfly based on movement and demography. Conservation Biology 30(1): 103-112.
  • Hall, R.J., Brown, L.M., Altizer, S.A. 2016. Modeling vector-borne disease risk in migratory animals under climate change. Integrative and Comparative Biology doi:10.1093/icb/icw049.
  • Brown, L.M., and Graham, C.H. 2015. Demography, traits, and vulnerability to urbanization: Can we make generalizations? Journal of Applied Ecology 52(6): 1455-1464.
  • Weinstein, B.G., Tinoco, B.A., Parra, J.L., Brown, L.M., Stiles, G., McGuire, J.A., and Graham, C.H. 2014. Taxonomic, phylogenetic and trait betadiversity in South American hummingbirds. American Naturalist 184(2): 211-224.
  • Gogarten, J., Bonnell, T.R., Brown, L.M., Campenni, M., Wasserman, M.D., and Chapman, C.A. 2014. Increasing group size alters behavior of a folivorous primate. International Journal of Primatology 35: 590-608.
  • Gogarten, J., Brown, L.M., Chapman, C., Cords, M., Doran-Sheehy, D., Fedigan, L.M., Grine, F.E., Perry, S., Pusey, A.E., Sterck, E.H.M., Wich, S.A., and Wright, P.C. 2012. An analysis of seasonal mortality patterns in nonhuman primates: Implications for variation in selection pressures. Evolution 66(10): 3252-3266.
  • Graham, C.H., and Brown, L.M. 2011. Symposium summary: Conservation biogeography. Frontiers of Biogeography 3(1): 17.
  • Morrison, J.A., and Brown, L.M. 2004. Effect of herbivore exclosure caging on the invasive
    plant Alliaria petiolata in three southeastern New York forests. Bartonia 62: 25-43.