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 evolutionary history, function and species’ traits, and how these relate to coexistence and diversity in communities. I use microcosms (with a move towards daphniids) and data from plant communities to answer some of these questions.

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 (ha) of phylogenetic diversity metrics (Tucker et al. 2016 Biol. Rev). I am co-PI of a workshop  meant to evaluate the arguments made for including phylogenetic diversity in conservation priorities.