Our research interests broadly involve how patterns of biodiversity are structured by local and regional processes, such as invasive species, climate change, habitat fragmentation, and other anthropogenic stressors.
Ultimately, this work leads to the question of how ecosystem functions and services may be affected by human activities. In general, we use the combined approach of field surveys, small-scale and large-scale experiments, and statistical modeling to test our hypotheses.
Great representation by the lab at ASLO in Victoria, with presentations by Ariana, Crysta, Angela, and Meredith(x2)!
Crysta's paper on eDNA for invasive aquatic plants is published! (April 2018)
Angela publishes a new paper on scale and biological realism in species distribution models. (April 2018)
Congrats to lab undergrad Alonso who will be doing an NSF-REU in Ohio this summer! (April 2018)
It's official - Meredith is starting a faculty job at St. Olaf College this fall. Congratulations! Meredith's research was also recently featured on the PSU homepage. (March 2018)