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 or guidance for management. 

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.