Research

The lab focuses on understanding how land use impacts critical ecological processes for native plants and their pollinators. Agroecosystems and urban areas have long been considered ‘dead zones’- habitats that limit the dispersal of animals or plant propagules. However, recent studies have shown that many agricultural and urban matrices preserve key ecological processes – depending on the functional traits of the organism and the biotic and abiotic composition of the matrix. Despite the ubiquity of human-altered landscapes and the importance of dispersal processes in ecology and evolution, much remains to be understood about how human-managed landscapes affect critical movement processes for plants and pollinators. The lab is currently working on a number of projects that investigate these processes.