• Position:Post-doc

Curriculum vitae

Personal website

Student degree and Internship opportunities
I have several projects for Masters and Bachelors students that include working with frog genomics, the geography of Caribbean human populations, and constructing conservation plans for an under-appreciated species. Please click here for full project descriptions.

I am also interested in mentoring students on their own project ideas, especially those that make use of the facilities of the Animal Ecology department.

Research interests

My research topics are:
Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Evolution, Informatics, Global Change

I am particularly interested in projects that use phylogenetic approaches to address basic and applied biological questions in the environmental sciences. My approach is heavy on empirical data and mathematical, and I am driven towards simple visualizations of the statistical answers.


M.R. Helmus, Mahler, D.L. & Losos, J.B. (2014). Island biogeography of the Anthropocene. Nature, 513, 543-546

Kua, C.S., J. Ruan, M.R. Helmus, D. Zhang, J. Yu & C.H. Cannon (2012). Reference-free comparative genomics of 174 plastids. PLoS ONE 7:e48995

Helmus M.R. & Ives A.R. Phylogenetic diversity area curves (2012). Ecology 93:S31-S43

Eklöf, A., M.R. Helmus, M. Moore & S. Allesina (2012). Relevance of evolutionary history for food web structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:1588-1596

Ives, A.R. & M.R. Helmus (2011). Generalized linear mixed models for phylogenetic analyses of community structure. Ecological Monographs 81:511-525

Link to Matt Helmus full publication list at VU University

Research project

I am working on a variety of projects at any given time, but a description of my current NWO funded project 'Caribbean Island Biogeography Meets the Anthropocenecan' be found here. Also, I post information relevant to my research here.
My Google Scholar Page can be found here.

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