Research Overview

Research in our lab strives to understand the processes that drive patterns of niche evolution in wild plant populations. We are particularly interested in the “problem of specialization” (sensu Futuyma & Moreno 1988) – that is, why organisms use only a fraction of the resources and habitats available to them.  Furthermore, we are increasingly challenged to understand and predict the consequences of ecological specialization in the face of global change to inform conservation and management strategies for threatened plant taxa. Our research integrates community ecology, population biology, and phylogenetics, and we use field experiments, molecular methods, anatomical techniques, and comparative methods - whatever tools it takes to tackle the questions we pursue!

Coming soon: summaries of specific research projects. In the meantime, check out our publications page to see what we've been up to...