I’m a chronically curious quantitative ecologist, working across a wide range of scales. I seek to understand the links between the physiology of individuals, the dynamics and evolution of populations, the structure and diversity of communities, and the function of ecosystems. I combine mathematical, statistical, and experimental approaches to advance a mechanistic and predictive understanding of ecology. In pursuit of these goals, I spend a lot of time studying phytoplankton, tiny plants inhabiting lakes and oceans.
Currently, I am a postdoc at Michigan State University, working with Elena Litchman, Christopher Klausmeier, and a team of other researchers to understand how seasonal environments influence the trait diversity of phytoplankton, within communities, functional groups, and individual species.
Previously, I completed a postdoc with David Vasseur (Yale) and Jorge Sarmiento (Princeton), studying the eco-evolutionary responses of marine plankton to climate change. I used earth systems models to explore how adaptive constraints to high temperature tolerance in plankton may affect warming tropical ecosystems. During my PhD, I explored the effects of temporally variable environments on the competition, ecology, and evolution of phytoplankton (Michigan State University, with Christopher Klausmeier). This is when I first became captivated by studying thermal adaptation, thanks to the influence of my collaborator Mridul Thomas.
One of my favorite parts of science is exchanging ideas and collaborating – please contact me if you’re interested in my research, or have ideas or data you’d like to discuss!