IMG_9617Principal Investigator

Amanda Chunco completed a BS in Zoology from the University of Florida (go Gators!), a PhD in Biology from UNC (go Tarheels!), and a SPIRE postdoctoral fellowship in Geography at UNC. She has been at Elon (go Phoenix!) since 2012. Professionally, she is interested in ecology, conservation, and especially biogeography. Personally, she loves gardening (although most of her plants die), hiking, and spending time outdoors with her family.

Current Research Students

Sarah Hope Dolce


Hanna Harper


Former Research Students

Julia Needham studied biogeographic patterns in hybridization between native and invasive species. She is currently pursing a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture at NC State University.

Cas Levy studied the distribution and ecology of dung beetles intentionally introduced to Australia using Maxent and GIS. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in GIS in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jenny Archis studied the distribution of coral snakes and their predicted response to climate change using Maxent. She is currently teaching Chemistry and Environmental Science at Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago, IL.

Amazing Collaborators 


Interested in joining the lab?

I am excited to advise students with interests in ecology, conservation, and biogeography. GIS skills are a plus, but a willingness to learn is even more critical than what you already know. If you are interested, send me an email (achunco at elon dot edu) or stop by my office hours in the garden level (i.e., basement) of McMichael Hall.