The focus of my research program is to understand the importance of spatial
dynamics to communities and populations, examining ideas that are central to
biodiversity maintenance and conservation.
Right now I am exploring these questions:
- Do traits of beetle species and their short term responses predict
their extinction risk after 24-5 years of habitat fragmentation? Is there an
extinction debt? How well does metacommunity theory describe community
disassembly? This work is set within the Wog Wog habitat fragmentation
experiment in southeastern Australia. The project is funded by NSF. (Collaborators Brett Melbourne,
Saul Cunningham, Don Driscoll, Chris Margules, Mike Austin, John Morgan.)
- I am also part of
NutNet (the Nutrient Network).
I am examining the effect of productivity on community assembly with data from a large number of
grassland sites across