I am an ecologist focusing on plant response to climate change, past and present. I previously was assistant professor at Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences. I also have been a Natural Environment Research Council independent research fellow at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. I also have been a visitor at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution, and Climate (Copenhagen University), the Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity Group (Aarhus University) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
I am also interested in improving science education through experiential approaches. I co-founded and currently work with the University of Arizona Sky School, a program that provides inquiry-based outdoor science education to K-12 students throughout the southwest.
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (University of Arizona - 2014)
BA, Physics (Swarthmore College - 2008)
Research Interests / Specializations:
Ecology, Global change, Plant ecophysiology, Community ecology, Biogeography, Biodiversity, Useful plants, Machine learning, Eco-informatics, Mathematical modeling, Remote sensing
Our goal is to advance a more predictive ecological science to better meet societal needs in coming decades. We focus on delineating the limits to predictability, and developing novel concepts to improve predictability, at scales ranging from communities to continents. Our focus is primarily on understanding plant biodiversity from the interplay of ecophysiological, historical, and anthropogenic processes.
We use a combination of fieldwork, informatics, and modeling approaches to address these focus areas. We carry out fieldwork and monitoring programs in forests in the Neotropics, west Africa, and southeast Asia, and in alpine environments in North America and Scandinavia. We also develop a range of software tools to support research efforts of others, and lead education and capacity-building efforts to work towards a more inclusive and relevant science.