The lab has moved to CU Boulder! I am an Assistant Professor of large-scale Ecology and Conservation in the EBIO department.
Sustaining both biodiversity and the benefits nature provides to people (i.e., ecosystem services) is a major challenge for scientists and managers. Achieving both goals is complicated by accelerating global environmental change. In response, my lab’s aims to (1) quantify the impacts of global changes, like disturbances, climate variability, and biodiversity change, on ecosystems, their functions, and their contributions to society; (2) understand how ecosystems provide benefits to people, how global change will alter these relationships, and how to best adapt conservation in response.
I combine global change ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and conservation science and uses quantitative tools from multiple disciplines, including both theoretical and empirical modeling approaches . My interests span multiple spatial scales and ecosystem types (e.g., forests, marine and coastal ecosystems, grasslands), I analyze large-datasets from different scales (local, regional, and global), and I leverage quantitative tools from several disciplines (e.g., ecological theory, network theory, causal inference approaches from econometrics, decision science, and functional trait ecology). For example, a major research interest is causal inference in observational ecological and social-ecological data. To learn more about my lab’s research, please visit the research page.
To tackle complex conservation and sustainability challenges, my lab leads and contributes regularly to collaborative and interdisciplinary teams that focus on synthesis science (e.g., working with other ecologists, biologists, sociologists, economists, geographers, applied mathematicians, computer scientists, and conservation practitioners). This work aims to inform conservation strategies that will be robust to climate change and uncertainty.
My Ph.D. research in Ecology, at UC Santa Barbara, focused on the impacts of temperature variability and biodiversity on global fisheries yields and the extent to which managing for ecosystem services provides an economic incentive for conservation. I completed a concurrent MA in Economics at UCSB, advised by Drs. Christopher Costello and Dick Startz. As a post-doctoral associate at the University of Minnesota, I examined how climate change and extreme disturbances affects boreal forests and the ecosystem services they provide (co-advised by Peter Reich and Steve Polasky). I was previously an Assistant Professor of Conservation Science in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, and an Associate Fellow at the Institute on the Environment.