About our lab
Landscapes are spatially heterogeneous due to various physical and biological processes, as well as natural and anthropogenic disturbances. We investigate the consequences of such heterogeneity for ecological processes and properties, particularly biogeochemical transformations, native and invasive plant distributions, and land-water interactions. The central question unifying our work is: How does the landscape template modify ecological response to environmental change?
The overarching goals of our research are to advance theory regarding the resilience of ecosystems undergoing environmental changes; and to provide information that will enhance the management of ecosystems within a landscape context. To address these objectives, we conduct studies over relatively broad spatial scales, drawing heavily on principles from landscape ecology and ecosystem ecology. We use a mixture of approaches and tools that enable us to integrate fine- and coarse-grained perspectives of ecosystems and how they function: from laboratory experiments that provide insights into the activities of soil microorganisms to process models that predict elemental fluxes at landscape scales. Through our work, we aim to elucidate the ecological mechanisms that underpin effects of environmental change on ecosystem structure and function so that we may better predict how ecosystems, and the services that they provide, will respond to future change.