Research Interests

Though I describe myself as a community ecologist, I work across a variety of spatial and temporal scales, and organismal groups, in order to understand how biodiversity is maintained in ecological communities.

I’m interested in the relationship between  species’ traits, evolutionary diversity, and ecological processes, especially as they relate to interspecific coexistence and diversity in communities. I use microcosms (with a focus on Daphnia these days) and plant communities to answer some of these questions. I'm interested in understanding contemporary dynamics in communities, but using the information that evolutionary history--particularly through its effects on phenotypes--can provide.

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On a broader scale, I’m interested in how we quantify biodiversity in all its forms (e.g. taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity) and how these facets might inform conservation and management. Results from this work include a large review of the diversity of phylogenetic diversity metrics (Tucker et al. 2016 Biol. Rev). In 2016/2017, I organized (with Arne Mooers) a set of workshops focused on evaluating the arguments behind considering phylogenetic diversity in conservation prioritisation.

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