My interests are in community ecology, biodiversity conservation, and macroecology. My research aims to understand the processes that maintain diversity and to forecast how ecological communities respond to global change. I study how forests change under altered species interaction networks using field studies, use quantitative syntheses to assess the scope of human impacts on ecological networks globally, and develop predictive models of ecosystem change in response to anthropogenic drivers. A central focus of my research has been on the ecological importance of seed dispersing vertebrates for forest diversity and function.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland where I study how changing seed dispersal interactions will influence terrestrial ecosystems under global change. My previous postdoctoral position was with Haldre Rogers at Iowa State University where my work focused on the ecological consequences of seed disperser loss in the Mariana Island chain with the Ecology of Bird Loss Project. I am originally from northwest Montana, graduated from Bowdoin College in 2011, and completed a PhD at the University of Washington in 2015.