I expect my students to develop a broad perspective on ecology and evolution, to engage in research rooted solidly in empiricism but with an eye toward its wider theoretical and practical implications, and to maintain a healthy knowledge of natural history. I particularly encourage applications from students with interests in marine or aquatic ecology.
Past and current students and post-docs in the lab have studied a variety of topics loosely related to my conceptual interests. These include:
John Park: Effects of temporal variability on life history and species coexistence.
Jon Chase: Size structured interactions and alternative stable states in pond food webs along a productivity gradient.
Jean Tsao: Lyme disease dynamics and management in an ecological community context.
Amy Downing: Experimental studies of biodiversity and ecosystem function in multi-trophic pond ecosystems.
Kevin Britton-Simmons: Population dynamics and community impacts of an invasive brown algae, Sargassum muticum, in Puget Sound.
Pamela Geddes: Impacts and mechanisms of action of dissolved organic carbon derived from external leaf subsidies in pond ecosystems.
Doug Nutter: Multi-trophic species-area relationships, and the effects of disturbance and stress in experimental tidepool communities.
Lis Nelis: Food-web consequences of species invasions, particularly the synergistic interactions of multiple invaders on a remote Chilean island.
Mark Novak: Interaction strength estimates and impacts of omnivory in New Zealand intertidal communities along a productivity gradient.
Michael Fitzsimons: Feedback and species coexistence of mycorrhizae and plants in prairies.
Aaron Kandur: Determinants of range limits at multiple scales. Use of neural networks to characterize community interactions.
Will Tyburczy: Effects of discordant time-scales on ecological dynamics.
Sebastian Heilpern: Process catalyzers in ecosystems.
Kristen Jenkins Voorheis: Palaeoecological perspectives on environmental change.
Sara Jackrel: Effects of individual trait variation across ecosystem boundaries.
Elizabeth Sander: Food web dynamics modeling.
Amy Henry: Disease, disturbance and alternative states.
POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS/RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
James Forester (post-doc in the Center for Integrating Statistics and the Environmental Sciences [CISES]): Landscape ecology of elk-wolf-habitat interactions. Methods for parameterizing multi-species models from community dynamics data. Analysis of spatial association. Models of movement in juvenile salmon. Currently at the University of Minnesota
Dylan Maddox: Ecological/evolutionary consequences of avian invasion. Dynamic macroecology. Currently at the Field Museum of Natural History.
Matthew Helmus (NSF Bioinformatics post-doc): Phylogenetic signals in interaction strength and food web structure. Currently at Temple University.