I am generally interested in the ecological and evolutionary processes that structure the patterns of species and genetic diversity that we see in the world around us. Understanding how basic, individual-level interactions between species in their environments scale up to create complex patterns of diversity will aid our applied efforts to conserve biodiversity and manage our ecosystem impacts.
Current & Past Projects:
- Rhizosphere fungal diversity across wild plant populations (Finland)
- Genetic diversity across populations of a plant pathogen (Finland)
- Rhizosphere fungal and bacterial diversity in a tropical tree population (Panama)
- Plant species diversity resulting from genotype-specific soil microbes (Panama)
- Temperate tree species diversity resulting from environment and land use (United States)
- Meta-analysis of evidence for the Janzen-Connell hypothesis (i.e., that herbivores and pathogens structure plant species diversity) (Global)