Overview of Research Interests
My research focuses on how species interactions alter organismal and population level processes that drive community composition. I use manipulative field and laboratory studies to elucidate the emergent effects of species interactions, and am particularly interested in how the cascading effects of indirect interactions influence community dynamics. I am also interested in positive interactions, particularly mutualisms and facilitation by foundational species, and in how organismal behavior and morphology interacts with the physical environment. My research has combined these interests and addresses the direct and indirect effects of positive interactions, interaction modification by facilitators, and how morphology of a foundational species impacts the abundance and diversity of organisms within a community.