My interests are in community ecology, evolutionary ecology, and conservation. My work combines field experiments and quantitative models to understand the maintenance of biological diversity and to predict species responses to global change. I study how ecological communities respond to altered species interaction networks through detailed field experiments, assess the traits of plants that influence the outcome of species interactions with mutualists and antagonists, and develop predictive models of ecosystem change in response to global change. The long-term goals of my work are to provide empirical and conceptual advances regarding the evolutionary processes that assemble ecological networks and to develop tools that inform effective conservation of ecological interactions and ecosystem processes within novel and human-impacted systems.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis Maryland where I study the role of animals in mediating plant global change responses. 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.