I am a paleoecologist and biogeographer, bringing the perspectives of space and time to bear on questions in ecology and conservation biology. I’m especially interested 1) novel communities and ecosystems, 2) the legacies of biotic upheavals like the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna, 3) emerging and novel conservation methods like managed relocation, rewilding, and the use of geophysical surrogates for biodiversity, 4) how climate change and extinction affect biotic interactions, and 5) what the paleorecord tells us about the ability of plants to migrate in response to climate change.
In my work, I take an interdisciplinary approach that combines paleoenvironmental reconstructions, modern field experiments, biogeographic data analysis, and modeling of past landscapes. My goal is to help other ecologists, conservationists, and policy makers better understand how ecosystems have responded to past change, in order to make informed decisions about present and future landscapes.
In 2013, I began a position as Assistant Professor of Paleoecology and Plant Ecology at the University of Maine, held jointly with the School of Biology & Ecology and the Climate Change Institute. I’m thrilled to be joining a program with a long history of excellent research in ecology, climate change, and Quaternary studies. I’ll be switching this over to a new lab website in coming months — stay tuned!
You can also read a summary of my research in a nutshell, using only the 1000 most common words in the English language, here.