In general, my students and I work to understand the effects of human activities on animal communities and populations.
Our research questions generally fall into two interrelated areas: 1) quantifying responses of animals to various types of disturbance (e.g., plant invasions, changes in land-use patterns and natural disturbance regimes) and 2) exploring the mechanisms of those responses to develop tools for restoration. We study a variety of animal taxa - arthropods, small mammals, birds - selecting the taxonomic group that will best help to answer the question of interest.
We strive to collect information that can be used to develop practical solutions to ecological problems and to guide policy and management.
The wordle below provides some insights into what we're working on.