My research focuses on population and community ecology and I am particularly interested in the dynamics of biological invasions and plant-herbivore interactions. Most of my projects emphasize the use of experiments in the field and all have a strong plant focus – although insects, mammals and pathogens are often involved as well. In addition, much of my work has an applied emphasis and strives to provide science-based insights about the management and restoration of human-impacted landscapes.

My current research focuses primarily on a series of long-term studies that explore the following:

I have an active group of graduate students working with me on research projects in ecology, conservation biology and restoration ecology – and am always on the look-out for bright, motivated individuals who want to join our group (see the link titled "Prospective Students" on the left-hand menu bar for more details).