Assistant Project Scientist
Center for Population Biology
Department of Evolution and Ecology
University of California, Davis
5310 Storer Hall
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616
Plant Ecology for Conservation Challenges
The leading principle of my work is to conduct rigorous research that contributes knowledge to conservation and/or restoration needs. I seek opportunities in which I can teach and mentor junior scientists and in which I can work directly with land managers and policy makers (see my work in the CA deserts). My research program explores a diverse array of specific questions about the constraints on the establishment and persistence of rare plant populations, the significance of suitable but seed-limited sites, and the evolutionary and ecological dynamics at species range boundaries. Important themes in my research are the influences of dispersal (in time and space) and variation in environmental conditions on the establishment, size, and persistence of populations. The significance of these concepts applies across natural and managed landscapes and deeply impacts the conservation of species, communities, and ecosystems. Since conservation and restoration ecology require knowledge at the levels of populations, communities, and broad scale distributions, I have addressed questions on each of these levels in my work.
My present field research takes place in serpentine grasslands and oak woodlands at the University of California McLaughlin Natural Reserve in Northern California and on rare plants throughout the California Desert Region. I have also done research at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada and in forests and wetland ecosystems in the Midwest.