Welcome to the Tucker lab at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the Department of Biology! We study the causes and consequences of all forms of biodiversity.
We are interested in using traits to capture ecological differences among individuals, and in turn relate these to ecological dynamics among individuals, populations, and communities. Key questions include the ability of traits to explain community assembly, to predict changes in community structure with climate change, and to incorporate traits into longstanding mathematical models of species’ interactions. We use both plants and freshwater zooplankton systems, and combine experimental work, observational data, and quantitative methods.