Plant community ecology, restoration ecology.
I am an ecologist interested in how temporal variability shapes plant communities. I care about this in relation to species conservation, and am studying whether precipitation variability drives transient invasion patterns in serpentine prairies. I also care about this in relation to ecosystem services, and am testing whether and to what degree species trade-offs maintain grassland productivity in variable-precipitation environments. I also have a keen interest in restoration ecology, and am leading a team to select and plant species along Strawberry Creek, which cuts through the UC Berkeley campus.