My research focuses on understanding patterns and mechanisms of plant community
assembly through the lens of biogeographic and evolutionary history. The approaches I use include phylogenetic studies of speciation and niche evolution, observational studies of plant community structure along climate and soil gradients, and experimental studies of plant-soil interactions. Most recently, I have combined biogeographic, experimental, and molecular investigations of coastal grassland plant and soil communities to test unresolved hypotheses about the role of phylogeny in community assembly.
I completed my PhD with Dr. Susan Harrison at the University of California, Davis, on habitat specialization and community assembly of plants on serpentine soils. I also completed a one-year postdoc with the CA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Biogeographic Data Branch, on climate change vulnerability of rare plants. Currently, I am a postdoc with Dr. Sharon Strauss at UC Davis.