Research Overview

Our projects focus on connecting drivers of community structure to impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and ecosystem services.  In order to understand the causes and consequence of diversity across various scales, we believe ecologists must marry traditional, small-scale studies that offer greater control and insight on factors such as behavior and species interactions, observation-driven, comparative work monitoring environmental factors and diversity over large areas or time scales, and quantitative methods including model development and simulations.  Given that understanding and managing diversity is the critical link between ecology and conservation, we also seek out projects that can offer insight to inform and guide natural resource management.