I am a community ecologist with a particular interest in tropical plants. I also dabble in investigating the influence of environmental change on species distributions and the effects of plant diversity on ecosystem function. I use a combination of field experiments and quantitative analyses to address questions like why there are so many species of trees in tropical forests and how human activities are likely to reduce species diversity.
I did my PhD at the University of Sheffield in the UK before doing post-docs in Zurich, Oxford and Durham. Before moving to UConn I was a Senior Scientist at the ETH, Zurich.
Val joined the lab in August 2016 as a PhD student. She is investigating the effects of environmental gradients on plant-fungal interactions, including fieldwork in Panama. For more information, please see Val’s website.
Dipanjana joined the lab in August 2017 as a PhD student. She is interested in plant and fungal pathogen interactions in the tropics and how it can give rise to diversity, and studies it using mathematical modelling and simulations.
Michael joined the lab in August 2019 as a PhD student. He is examining how parasitoid-herbivore-plant tri-trophic interactions influence community structure and diversity, especially in the case of anthropogenically modified environments. Read more about his research at his personal website.