I am a plant community ecologist. The goal of my research is to determine what factors drive the current patterns and long-term dynamics of plant community diversity and composition on landscapes dominated by humans. I use field surveys of forests, grasslands, or savannahs to determine which plant species are present. Then I compare this data to data from past surveys, or from paleoecological data, to measure how plant communities have changed, and how those changes are related to human activities or natural disturbances like storms and fires. I also work on the conservation of plant species at risk.
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