My research examines how species invasions and climate change impact native species and ecosystems. I am particularly interested in understanding when species extinctions are likely and what strategies we can take to prevent them from occurring. To investigate these issues I conduct local-scale ecological research and biogeographic synthesis of regional and global patterns. I have also worked with collaborators to model species responses to climate change and to collect paleo-ecological data that informs our understanding of extinction dynamics over longer time periods. My aim is to improve our understanding of ecological systems so that we can inform natural resource policy and management.
My interest in conservation biology was sparked as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where I investigated the impacts of non-native, eucalypt trees on native biodiversity. As a Ph.D. student at the University of New Mexico, I examined the impacts of species invasions on plant diversity at local and global scales. At UC Santa Barbara and the University of Georgia, I explored how biodiversity has changed on oceanic islands around the world as a consequence of species invasions. At Brown, I have continued to investigate the impact of species invasions, but most of my research effort is now aimed at understanding species extinction dynamics, species responses to climate change, and climate adaptation strategies that can conserve natural resources.
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