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Research Overview

My research aims to improve ecology’s predictive capacity for guiding restoration and conservation efforts. I work at the intersection of global change biology, community ecology, and biogeography, using a combination of observational, experimental, and advanced statistical modeling and machine learning techniques to address urgent environmental issues that contribute to biodiversity loss.

Invasive Species Dynamics

An ongoing critical challenge in invasion ecology is the ability to predict invader responses to environmental change and their associated impacts on the native resident communities, especially in historically uninvaded systems such as North American drylands. Since biological invasions occur over distinct stages such as introduction (i.e. species introduced into novel ranges), establishment (i.e. species establishing self-sustaining populations), and spread (i.e. species dispersing and expanding their ranges), my research focuses on identifying the drivers and impacts of invasive species establishment and spread, as well as investigating effective strategies to manage biological invasions in temporally variable environments. 

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Restoration & Land Management

Collaboration between land practitioners and researchers is crucial in promoting the health of native plant populations and maintaining ecosystem services through effective restoration and land management. However, with rapid global change, it has become increasingly difficult to predict how species will respond to future conditions. To address this challenge, I collaborate with land practitioners and researchers to leverage empirical data and ecological theory to determine optimal implementation strategies in variable environments.

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