I am a community ecologist and physical anthropologist interested in community ecology, biogeography, and spatial modeling methods.
My research centers on understanding the ecological (environmental and species-level) factors that influence species distributions and membership in communities. The study of community assembly is concerned with understanding how environmental variables and dispersal limitation, as examples, shape diversity distributions. Identifying the community assembly scenarios shaping community membership provides useful information for understanding how diversity distributions have been and will be shaped by environmental change.
In particular, my research investigates 3 inter-related themes:
- Mammal community assembly
- Spatial scaling of multi-component diversity
- Metacommunity theory and ecosystem function