Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
In the lab we study the ecological and the evolutionary consequences of plant-pollinator interactions. Current research is focused on four main areas: 1) understanding patterns and drivers of plant-pollinator interactions in diverse communities, 2) uncover the mechanisms (eg. pollinator competition and facilitation) that mediate the assembly of plant communities, 3) determine the importance of floral traits (eg. flower color and scent) in plant community assembly, and 4) evaluate the effects of human-mediated disturbances on plant-pollinator interactions.
To achieve these goals we use a variety of approaches including data collection in the field and in the lab and conduct experiments in the field and in the greenhouse. Plant-pollinator interactions are crucial for the maintenance of biodiversity and are responsible for the majority of our food supply, and it is thus imperative to understand how these might be threatened by changes in climate and habitat use. Overall, my research covers broad topics such as plant biology, plant-animal interactions, conservation biology, community ecology, pollination biology and floral evolution.
- Conservation Biology (BIOL4737/5737)
- Biology Science Majors III Lecture (BIOL 1130)
- Topics in Organismal Biology (BIOL 6200)