About me

I’m a theoretical community ecologist, who is interested in understanding how similar species coexist.  I am deeply interested in natural history, and most of my work involves creating mathematical models to examine how facets of an organism’s behavior scale to the community.  For example, my work on the Janzen-Connell hypothesis examines how  the movement of insects and pathogens affects the diversity of tropical trees.  I am particularly interested in how spatial variation in a landscape can alter how these effects scale.  For example, my my on cross-feeding mutualisms examines ways that bacterial movement can affect whether a nutrient-exchange mutualism persists or falls apart. I have always prided myself as being the person who analyze by hand a model that most people could only analyze with simulations.

I was previously a postdoc in the Vasseur Lab at Yale University’s EEB department, the Comita Lab at Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and the Klausmeier Lab at Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station.  I did my graduate work at the University of Arizona’s department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and my undergraduate work at Harvey Mudd College.