Environmental change created by humans is one of the major challenges facing the survival of many species and ecosystems. In particular, landscape destruction and climate change is having an impact on biodiversity loss across the globe. Using an interdisciplinary approach, my research addresses complex questions at the intersection of ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. I am passionate about conservation science, and I am inspired by the scientific advances that better inform efforts to combat environmental threats. My research has combined new methods from field ecology, genetics, and remote sensing to document habitat change in multiple environments, and measure its effect on the viability of plant and animal species. My research program is directed toward using this information to predict species responses to continued environmental change, and direct conservation efforts to mitigate biodiversity loss. How does climate and environmental change affect the reproduction, dispersal, and evolution of plant and animal species?
Reproduction – The potential for future population stability
Dispersal – Maintaining genetic diversity and population resilience
Evolution – Adapting to climatic and environmental change
In the face of environmental or climatic change outside of a species normal tolerance, those unable to relocate must adapt to new conditions or face extinction. I have worked in several ecosystems where human induced influences have led to significant shifts to detect the signature of selection currently underway.