I am a plant ecologist interested in the effects of environmental stress on ecosystem functioning. I use concepts and techniques from biogeochemistry, plant physiology, and ecology to understand how plants mediate the feedbacks between environmental conditions and ecosystem processes. I use trait-based frameworks to develop hypotheses which link multiple levels of organization and to generalize responses across systems.
I completed my PhD in Justin Wright's lab in the Ecology Program at Duke University. For my dissertation, I studied how resource availability and disturbance regimes influenced community and ecosystem dynamics. I linked plant resource acquisition strategies to ecological dynamics at individual, community, and ecosystem levels. I am now a Postdoctoral Fellow in Rebecca Rooney's lab at the University of Waterloo where I am working to understand how mining impacts wetland functioning across the province of Alberta, Canada. For more information on my research interests, click here.