Brian Weeks
Earth Science and Ecology
Image Data, Machine Learning

Brian Weeks

Assistant Professor

School for Environment and Sustainability

In the Weeks lab, we work at the intersection of ecology and evolutionary biology to try to understand how large scale biodiversity patterns arose, and what they might tell us about how natural systems will respond to human activities. We have a particular focus on the impacts of climate change on birds, and are increasingly using computer vision tools to measure bird traits on large numbers of photographs of museum skeletal specimens. This new approach has enabled us to generate skeletal trait datasets at an unprecedented scale that have begun to reveal some fascinating patterns in bird morphology that we are using to understand biotic responses to global change.