ACADEMIC RESEARCH

I strive to understand the essential roles species play in ecosystems by evaluating key ecological and evolutionary principles using a broad range of experimental approaches at different temporal and spatial scales. My research suggests that locally adapted phenotypes might facilitate ecosystem processes that further influence trait evolution thereby altering ecosystem processes. These findings have led me to develop predictions about how selection, life-history strategies, and eco-evolutionary feedbacks influence species persistence, biodiversity, and ecosystem function. I use data collected from novel field approaches and molecular and experimental techniques to test research predictions. I provide insight to conservation by discerning fundamental eco-evolutionary mechanisms underlying species extinction risks.

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EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

PhD

University of Connecticut, 2016

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

MS

University of Massachusetts, 1996

Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management

BS

University of Connecticut, 1989

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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