Community Ecology & Global Change

We work to understand ecological responses to environmental change – their mechanics, their consequences, and how much control we have over them.  Members of our research group use field experiments, new analyses of published datasets, and mathematical models to work out how much we can know about the ecological future.  The lab asks what we can predict, what we can’t predict, and why.

The point of our work is to evaluate the usefulness of ecological knowledge for climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, focusing on uncertainty and what can be done to minimize, accommodate, or circumvent it in decision-making over conservation, natural resource management, and public health.

Our work can be sorted into three main themes:

The process of ecological response to climate change

Properties of species that can help us to predict ecological responses to climate change

Properties of communities that can help us predict ecological responses to climate change

Details on each theme can be found on the Research page.

Information on the courses I offer is available on the Teaching page, along with links to videos from several lectures on my first-year Ecology course.

In exciting news that the lab can’t take credit for but which involves one of my personal tutees so I’m going to brag on it anyway, this year’s winner of the Royal College of Science Union Science Challenge was recently announced:

Congratulations Sang Eun Lee, Bernadeta Badonaite, and Abellona U!  It’s so good.

And a special shout out to Spencer King, who scored a goal in consecutive hockey games this weekend and then recorded a shut-out in goal for his soccer team.  I didn’t even go for a run.

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