Associate Professor of Plant Biology, Michigan State University

I am a community ecologist interested in the consequences of anthropogenic change for plant biodiversity and the prospects for its restoration. Much of my work is both spatial and experimental, often taking the form of large-scale restoration and landscape ecology experiments. My research also bridges basic and applied ecology – I’m fascinated by both the fundamental mechanisms underlying plant community patterns, but also the translation of this understanding into better restoration and land management. Along the way, I study a variety of topics including (in no particular order): community assembly, habitat fragmentation, fire ecology, plant-animal interactions (e.g., dispersal, herbivory, pollination, parasitism), landscape corridors, ecosystem dynamics, and land-use legacies.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Plant Biology, Michigan State University