Areas of Expertise
Community Ecology, Food Webs, Crocodilian Ecology and Behavior, Climate Change Ecology
Teaching responsibilities include: Principles of Ecology, Current Applications in Biology, Community Ecology
2016-2017: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow
2013-2016: Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University
2007-2013: Ph.D. (Biology), Florida International University
2002-2006: B.A. (Biology with Honors, History), Oberlin College
My research program aims to understand the effects of environmental change on the functioning of ecological communities and food webs through laboratory and field-based experimentation as well as observation of nature. My current research focuses on the responses of American alligators to environmental change and how shifts in their behaviors can affect whole ecosystems. I also study arthropods in more controlled settings. My work is especially important and timely because of the many ways we humans are impacting the environment and in numerous cases damaging the natural systems on which we rely. My goal is for my research to help inform long-term regional planning and development initiatives, thereby limiting potential negative impacts on the environment and ourselves.
2016 Best Paper Award, Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists
2014 Best Student Presentation Award, Crocodile Specialist Group
2012 Graduate Student Policy Award, Ecological Society of America
2011 Best Student Presentation Award, American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists
2006 Hope Hibbard Memorial Award, Oberlin College Biology Department
IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group
Entomological Society of America
The Science & Entertainment Exchange
Climate Voices Science Speakers Network
Ecological Society of America
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies
Farfan & Mendes Ltd.
National Geographic Society
Rupununi Learners Foundation
Yale Climate & Energy Institute
National Science Foundation
IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group
Publications & Presentations
Smith-Ramesh, L.M., Rosenblatt, A.E., & Schmitz, O.J. (In press) Multi-variate climate change can favor larger-bodied herbivores in a model food web. The American Naturalist.
Rosenblatt, A.E., Smith, L.M., & Schmitz, O.J. (In press) Interactive effects of multiple climate change variables on food web dynamics: modeling the effects of warming, CO2, and water availability on a tri-trophic food web. Food Webs.
Coblentz, K.E., Rosenblatt, A.E., & Novak, M. (2017) The application of a Bayesian hierarchical model for quantifying individual diet specialization. Ecology 98:1535-1547.
Schmitz, O.J. & Rosenblatt, A.E.: The temperature dependence of predation stress. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution 5:73.
Matich, P., Ault, J., Boucek, R., Bryan, D., Gastrich, K., Harvey, C., Kiszka, J.J., Heithaus, M.R., Rehage, J.S., & Rosenblatt, A.E. (2017) Ecological niche partitioning within a large predator guild in a nutrient-limited estuary. Limnology & Oceanography 62:934-953.
Schmitz, O.J., Buchkowski, R.W., Smith, J.R., Telthorst, M., & Rosenblatt, A.E. (2017) Predator community composition is linked to soil carbon retention across a human land use gradient. Ecology 98:1256-1265.
González-Solórzano, M., Cupul-Magaña, F.G., Hernández-Hurtado, P.S., Vega-Villasante, F., Hernández-Hurtado, H., Escobedo-Galván, A.H., & Rosenblatt, A.E. (2016) Are American crocodiles in Mexico capable of dispersing viable seeds? Herpetological Bulletin 138:10-12.
Rosenblatt, A.E. & Schmitz, O.J. (2016) Climate change, nutrition, and bottom-up and top-down food web processes. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31:965-975.
Schmitz, O.J., Rosenblatt, A.E., & Smylie, M. (2016) Temperature dependence of predation stress and the nutritional ecology of a generalist herbivore. Ecology 97:3119-3130.
Rosenblatt, A.E., Crowley, B.T., & Schmitz, O.J. (2016) Linking trophic interactions to plasticity in thermal sensitivity of geographically separated populations of a herbivore. Evolutionary Ecology 30:649-661.
Taylor, P., Li, F., Holland, A., Martin, M., & Rosenblatt, A.E. (2016) Growth rates of black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) in the Rupununi region of Guyana. Amphibia-Reptilia 37:9-14.
Rosenblatt, A.E., Li, F., Holland, A., Taylor, P., & Kalicharan, L. (2015) Melanosuchus niger (Black Caiman). Diet. Herpetological Review 46:430.
Rosenblatt, A.E., Nifong, J.C., Heithaus, M.R., Mazzotti, F.J., Cherkiss, M.S., Jeffery, B.M., Elsey, R.M., Decker, R.A., Silliman, B.R., Guillette Jr., L.J., Lowers, R.H., & Larson, J.C. (2015) Factors affecting individual foraging specialization and temporal diet stability across the range of a large “generalist” apex predator. Oecologia 178:5-16.
Rosenblatt, A.E. & Schmitz, O.J. (2014) Interactive effects of multiple climate change variables on trophic interactions: a meta-analysis. Climate Change Responses 1:8.
Rosenblatt, A.E., Zona, S., Heithaus, M.R., & Mazzotti, F.J. (2014) Are seeds consumed by crocodilians viable? A test of the crocodilian saurochory hypothesis. Southeastern Naturalist 13:N26-N29.
Rosenblatt, A.E., Nifong, J.C., Heithaus, M.R., Parry, M.W., & Mazzotti, F.J. (2014) New record of Everglades mink in Everglades National Park from the stomach of an American alligator. Southeastern Naturalist 13:N22-N25.
Rosenblatt, A.E., Heithaus, M.R., Mazzotti, F.J., Cherkiss, M., & Jeffery, B.M. (2013) Intra-population variation in activity ranges, diel patterns, movement rates, and habitat use of American alligators in a subtropical estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 135:182-190.
Platt, S.G., Elsey, R.M., Liu, H., Rainwater, T.R., Nifong, J.C., Rosenblatt, A.E., Heithaus, M.R. & Mazzotti, F.J. (2013) Frugivory and seed dispersal by crocodilians: an over-looked form of saurochory? Journal of Zoology 291:87-99.
Rosenblatt, A.E., Heithaus, M.R., Mather, M.E., Matich, P., Nifong, J.C., Ripple, W.J. & Silliman, B.R. (2013) The roles of large top predators in coastal ecosystems: new insights from Long-Term Ecological Research. Oceanography 26:156-167.
Rosenblatt, A.E. & Heithaus, M.R. (2013) Slow isotope turnover rates and low discrimination values for three tissues in the American alligator: implications for interpretation of ectotherm stable isotope data. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 86:137-148.
Nifong, J., Rosenblatt, A.E., Johnson, N., Barichivich, W., Silliman, B., & Heithaus, M. (2012) American alligator digestion rate of blue crabs and its implications for stomach contents analysis. Copeia 2012:419-423.
Layman, C., Araujo, M., Boucek, R., Hammerschlag-Peyer, C., Harrison, E., Jud, Z., Matich, P., Rosenblatt, A.E., Vaudo, J., Yeager, L., Post, D. & Bearhop, S. (2012) Applying stable isotopes to examine food-web structure: an overview of analytical tools. Biological Reviews 87:545-562.
Rosenblatt, A.E. & Heithaus, M.R. (2011) Does variation in movement tactics and trophic interactions among American alligators create habitat linkages? Journal of Animal Ecology 80:786-798.