I work at the intersection of community and ecosystem ecology to understand how systems such as food webs and plant communities function. Though I tend to address fundamental questions with hypotheses informed by theory and models my research generally has strong applied angles. In particular much of my work to date has examined the causes and consequences of plant invasions.
Currently, I am an NSF postdoctoral fellow in biology in the Cleland lab using bioinformatics to understand how phenology (seasonal timing of life history events) may affect plant invasions. Together with a suite of collaborators I am also working on basic phenological questions such as how sensitivity to temperature, insolation and precipitation varies between species and across latitudes, and whether climate change experiments predict historical shifts in seasonal timing.