Killam Postdoctoral Fellow
University of British Columbia
Biodiversity Research Center
Ph.D. University of Florida
My research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of biodiversity. I take an approach that combines theoretical and experimental techniques with meta-analysis and interdisciplinary collaboration to determine the drivers of community assembly and ecosystem function. I enjoy working with a diverse set of taxonomic groups and study systems, and I value the synergy and profound insights that come from integrating traditionally distinct disciplines to advance theory, conservation, and mangement. My research addresses three critical questions about the causes and consequences of biodiversity.
I. Trophic Biogeography: How do trophic interactions integrate with island biogeography theory to drive biodiversity and food web structure?
II. Mechanisms of Community Assembly: How do stochastic colonization dynamics modify species interactions to drive community assembly?
III. Diversity and Ecosystem Function: How does variation in diversity affect the quantity and rate of energy transfer through ecosystems?