I am a plant ecologist and conservation biologist. My research integrates observational studies of plant populations and communities, experiments ranging from small-scale greenhouse manipulations to landscape-scale fire treatments, and rigorous quantitative methods to address a variety of questions in plant population biology, community ecology, and conservation biology. My dissertation examined factors influencing the distribution, demography, and diversity of herbaceous plants in temperate forests. My current postdoctoral research investigates the density-dependent effects of fire on plant reproduction and the demographic processes underlying plant community responses to fire in fragmented tallgrass prairie.
- Fire, plant reproduction, and population dynamics in tallgrass prairie
- Causes and consequences of density-dependence in plant populations
- Plant coexistence and diversity in temperate forests
- Plant ecology in the Baraboo Hills
- Patterns and drivers of ecological change
- Other research projects