am a plant population biologist with research focused in
conservation ecology, including the development of
general tools for population and range modeling, as
well as building knowledge about particular rare species,
evolutionary ecology, including bet hedging, life history
evolution, breeding system evolution, and comparative
analyses of the evolution of climatic niches.
my research encompasses plant ecology, evolution, and conservation.
I use a variety of tools – from demography and reproductive biology in
natural and experimental settings to phylogenies and
trait evolution, from species distribution modeling to population viability analysis – in order to study plant diversity, its
origins, dynamics, and conservation.
Since joining the tree-ring lab at the University of Arizona in September of 2013, my research efforts are focused on building demographic models to forecast the geographic distributions of trees in western North America, particularly with respect to climate change. This involves the merging of large datasets using multilevel statistical models, in order to estimate climatic and competitive niche parameters.