I am an ecologist who is broadly interested in understanding the causes and consequences of space-time ecological patterns in populations, communities, and ecosystems. Many recurring themes in my work draw on the science of complex systems, such as scale, stability, networks, and synchronization. The main focus of my current research is to understand patterns and mechanisms of synchrony in ecology, at scales from individuals to ecosystems, the cross-scale effects of synchrony, and the implications of synchrony for conservation and natural resource management. Synchrony refers to the tendency for particular variables to fluctuate through time in unison. Synchrony has major implications for the stability of natural systems, and manifests in human concerns including species extinctions and outbreaks of pests and disease.
As a quantitative ecologist, my main tools are statistical analyses and mathematical models, and many of my research projects involve developing new models and analytical tools, or adapting existing ones to new contexts. I study a variety of systems spanning terrestrial and aquatic biomes, and taxa from insects to trees to fish. My research is driven both by my curiosity about the inner workings of the natural world, as well as by its applications to human concerns and well-being, and I work with practitioners both to identify impactful research questions and to implement solutions. More information about my current research projects can be found on the Research page of this website.
I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia and am also affiliated with the Ronin Institute as a research scholar. I also am the founder and lead scientist of Athenys Research, a research and consulting firm.
I also co-host a podcast called "Major Revisions" that comments on topics in ecology and academia from the perspective of three early-career scientists. Give us a listen!