My research interests generally revolve around factors that influence the dynamics and regeneration of plant communities, though I am interested in a wide variety of topics in community ecology . Most of my research has been conducted in abandoned agricultural land. While not the most exotic of research sites, the abundance of these areas makes it an important part of our modern landscape. By understanding factors that influence the dynamics of vegetation change in these areas, we may be able to improve land management strategies. Recently, my research has expanded to include investigating chestnuts and hazelnuts as sustainable crops for Central Illinois as well as the ecology of riverine fish communities.
I use a variety of experimental, observational and statistical techniques to address these research topics. I have summarized a few current research themes in my website (listed above). If you are interested in getting involved in undergraduate research or in the graduate program at Eastern, and think that you would like to work with me, please contact me.
Botany (BIO 1200)
Plant Ecology (BIO 4810)
Advanced Biostatistics (BIO 5381)
B.S. Cum laude, Botany, Miami University
M.S., Botany, Miami University
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University