Research

Overview

My research focuses on understanding individual- to community-level responses to human-induced and natural disturbance in terrestrial ecosystems and at the aquatic/terrestrial interface. The taxonomic and geographic reach of our research is broad, ranging from large carnivore work in the Romania, to vernal pool amphibians in New England, and multi-species conservation in British Columbia, but united by a common theme: inferring animal-habitat relationships through the lens of multiple stressors and predicting their resilience to novel patterns of disturbance. 

Forest ecosystems, the focus of my research, present specific conservation challenges and opportunities that greatly interest me. Many of the world’s forest ecosystems suffered substantial conversions to other land uses. The remaining forests are under intense pressure from lumber and other resource extraction, which occur at spatial and temporal scales that do not match the natural disturbance regimes. How these mismatches affect animal-habitat relationships, and what are the interplays with global climate change at the individual (behavior, physiology), population (space use, extinction), and species and community-levels (range shifts, turnover) form the core of my research. Ultimately, I integrate these levels of biological organization with climate and land use change models into resilient spatial solutions through systematic conservation planning.

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