Broadly I am an interested in combining observational and experimental approaches to community ecology with ecological theory. With members of the Melbourne lab, I am working on projects focused on the implications of phenotypic plasticity (and other sources of individual variation) for community assembly and competitive dynamics. This includes identifying competitive models that can incorporate the effects of plasticity, and carrying out competition experiments using freshwater zooplankton species like Daphnia magna. I also continue to collaborate on questions about how we measure and define biodiversity. In particular, the value of incorporating evolutionary history into measures of diversity, and the methodological considerations in answering ecological questions using such metrics.