I am an ecologist with expertise in community ecology, macroecology and biogeography. My research is motivated by a fascination with how multi-species communities vary across space and the ways in which this variation arises from the confluence of ecological processes, geography, and scale. My thesis work in the Hurlbert Lab at UNC Chapel Hill utilized lichen epiphytes as a system in which to study how processes structuring communities vary across multiple spatial scales. In particular, I examined whether morphological and functional traits can provide insight into environmental constraints on lichen epiphytes. Moving forward, I am continuing to explore how the symbiotic nature of lichens influences community assembly, both experimentally and theoretically. I currently reside in San Francisco and am excited to form new research or education-related collaborations in the Bay Area and beyond, lichen related or not, so I welcome you to explore this site and contact me about previous projects or new research ideas.
My post on my research on lichen functional traits in forest canopies is up on the Oikos blog: check it our here.