The overarching goal of our research is to determine the impact of local and regional ecological processes on species diversity with a particular emphasis on how human-induced global changes affect their relative importance. Our approach lies at the intersection of basic and applied ecology, using long-term datasets and large-scale experiments from terrestrial plant communities to test basic theory with relevance to applied conservation management. We work across ecosystem types, but focus on fire-maintained or nutrient-limited grasslands and savannas.

Information about specific research projects can be found on the pages below:

Habitat corridors

Long-term change

Plant functional traits

Community assembly and restoration

Winter climate change

Dispersal