Research

We test ecological questions related to the conservation and restoration of endangered plant communities. We employ tools such as ecological field experiments, measures of plant functional traits, geographic data collected by land managers, and remote sensing to ask questions from the leaf to landscape scales. Two active areas of research are developing remote sensing tools for research in endangered plant conservation and restoring biodiversity and ecosystem function in invaded ecosystems.

 

Remote sensing applications in plant ecology and restoration

I work with collaborators to use remote sensing data in order to test questions related to invasion dynamics and landscape planning for restoration and reintroduction. In our current project, we use airborne and satellite data to model target areas for restoration and plant reintroduction in drylands in Hawaii and California. We are experimentally testing whether reintroduction success of at-risk plant species can be improved through the use of our models.

 

Restoration of invaded ecosystems

I am interested in testing how aspects of global change may influence the restoration of invaded ecosystems. Members of our lab are pursuing related studies in Hawaiian drylands, California grasslands, California coastal sage scrub, and California walnut woodlands.

 

Lab location: Building 8 Room: 122 Phone: (909) 869-4206