Peter Galante

Biodiversity Informatics Scientist


Research Interests

Peter Galante is the Biodiversity Informatics Scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. In his early career he was a wildlife and plant biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He then received his M.S. studying the evolutionary ecology of small mammals of Madagascar, developing and integrating tools for niche modeling. Peter's interests include increasing the availability of open-source software in biology and integrating spatial ecology with conservation of biodiversity and natural resources.  Peter coordinates and develops applied conservation research projects that utilize biodiversity informatics data and tools, including remote sensing, GIS, and spatial modeling, for biodiversity conservation. For example, Peter develops R packages to help researchers calculate essential biodiversity variables and implements these packages in the SDM platform, Wallace. Peter serves as a mentor in the Science Research Mentoring Program, working with high school students to determine coyote habitat use and travel through the dense urban matrix of New York City using GIS, R programming, and machine learning techniques in collaboration with the Gotham Coyote Project. He also coordinates the New York Regional Species Distribution Modeling (SDM) Discussion Group (NY-SDM), which brings together leading researchers from across the New York Metropolitan area to discuss and present research and new methods related to SDM.


  • Musher, L J, Galante, P J, Thom, G, Huntley, J W,  and Blair, M E. Shifting ecosystem connectivity during the Pleistocene drove speciation and gene-flow in a pair of Neotropical suboscine birds (Pachyramphus aglaiae and P. homochrous). (In review)
  • Naro-Maciel, E, Arengo, F, Galante, P J, Vintinner, E, Holmes, K E, Balasz, G, Sterling, E J. (2018). Marine protected areas and migratory species: Residency of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) at Palmyra Atoll, Central Pacific. Endangered Species Research, 37, 165-182. 
  • Kodis, M W, Galante, P J, Sterling, E J, & Blair, M E (2018). Ecological niche modeling for a cultivated plant species: a case study on taro (Colocasia esculenta) in Hawaii. Ecological Applications, 28(4), 967-977.
  • Galante, P J, Alade, B, Muscarella, R, Jansa, S A, Goodman, S M, & Anderson, R P (2018). The challenge of modeling niches and distributions for data-poor species: a comprehensive approach to model complexity. Ecography, 41(5), 726-736. (Editor’s Choice for May 2018).
  • Muscarella, R, Galante, P J, Soley-Guardia, M, Boria, R A, Kass, J M, Uriarte, M, Anderson, R P (2014). ENMeval: An R package for tuning MAXENT ecological niche models with spatially independent evaluations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 1198-1205