Lauren Shoemaker
PhD student

I am a community ecologist interested in exploring patterns of coexistence and community composition. My research focuses on extending modern coexistence theory to incorporate the interplay between heterogeneity and stochasticity in spatially varying environments (metacommunities). I use a combination of analytical techniques and simulations to explore equalizing and stabilizing coexistence mechanisms and the relative role of biotic interactions versus abiotic heterogeneity. Additionally, I study how equalizing and stabilizing mechanisms may interact over large time scales to explain macroecological patterns, such as the evolution of mammalian body mass distributions and maximum size across environments.