Research in my laboratory combines mathematical models, computer simulations and statistical analyses of large datasets to determine how ecological and environmental processes occurring at different scales and levels of organization interact to shape the distribution of species in space and time. We are particularly interested in identifying the processes that govern the structure and dynamics of interconnected marine communities in order to predict the effects of environmental change (e.g., habitat destruction, non-native species introductions, climate change). Elucidating these fundamental processes will allow us to devise adaptive management strategies such as reserve networks that will maximize the productivity and persistence of whole ecosystems in an era of global change. Such mutually beneficial feedbacks between basic and applied research will promote our understanding of the natural world and improve our stewardship of its invaluable resources.
Area(s) of Expertise
- Theoretical Ecology