Community Ecology & Biogeography Lab

Our lab investigates the forces enabling the maintenance, and governing the distribution, of biological diversity. Specifically, we seek to understand how climate, dispersal limitations and biotic interactions affect historical and contemporary patterns in the distribution of species and structure of communities. We also study how species respond to rapid and ongoing climate change, with a particular focus on genetic and population responses at northern range limits. Finally, we are interested in the importance of preserving biological diversity in order to insure the functioning of  terrestrial ecosystems.