To understand the consequences of deforestation, habitat fragmentation, climate change, and other human activities for plant-animal interactions and plant population dynamics. While we work in many ecosystems, most of our research is conducted in tropical rain forests and savannas.
I use field experiments, long-term demographic studies, mathematical models, and computational approaches to study (1) how the demography and population dynamics of tropical plants are influenced by human activities such as deforestation and climate change, and (2) factors influencing geographic disparities in the production and spread of knowledge, with an emphasis on scholarship from Latin America.
I have previously served as President of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biotropica, and I am currently the Secretary of the Ecological Society of America.
Ph.D. in Population Biology, 2001
University of California, Davis
M.S. in Biology, 1995
University of California, San Diego
B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, & Evolution with a Minor in Literature, 1994
Revelle College, University of California, San Diego
Insect Ecology, esp. Coleoptera, Habitat Fragmentation
conservation biology, spatial ecology, education, Animal movements in disturbed landscapes
community ecology, mixed-species flocks, forest restoration, tropical ecology, Western Ghats, Science Communication