Biodiversity scientist, macroecologist, and postdoctoral fellow in Jay Lennon’s microbial ecology lab in the biology dept. at Indiana University, Bloomington. My science intersects three areas of biodiversity:

1.) Unifying patterns with constraint-based theory–I often ask whether intensively studied and seemingly universal patterns of abundance, distribution, and diversity are mathematically constrained to be statistically inevitable and highly predictable. I also ask whether patterns of commonness and rarity are unified among all organisms, from bacteria and archaea to macroscopic plants and animals.

2.) Understanding master variables and primary drivers–Most recently, I have focused on the importance of ecosystem residence time in driving the assembly and structure of ecological communities. Put simply, the time individuals spend in a system (residence time) should constrain the structure and assembly of ecological systems (like communities). But how?

3.) Long-term ecological surveys–co-PI on The Peloncillo Project: A long-term survey of a Sky-Island mountain range. This year (2015) I celebrated my 10th consecutive year of field work in the Madrean Sky-Islands. Building from 21 yrs of mark-recapture data, we formalized the PP in 2013 to expand and formalize our role and commitment to the gathering of baseline biodiversity data, conservation and stewardship of the Sky-Islands, and to the increasingly diverse basic science being undertaken by undergrads, grad students, and academic scientists.

I’ve also been known to study population ecology in reptiles, biogeographical and ecological theory, genome patterns, combinatorics, and peasant math.