I'm an ecosystem ecologist who asks questions about tropical ecosystems on a changing planet. Postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.


I’m a tropical ecosystem ecologist and postdoctoral researcher in the Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley; I am a member of the Silver Lab.  My primary areas of interest are the effects of global change on ecosystem processes (carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling), feedbacks between land-use change and tropical forests, and using ecosystem services approaches in decision making.

For more details (and a publication list), see my CV.

Active research questions:

Currently, I am working in El Yunque National Forest and asking questions about the drivers, global change and otherwise, of belowground nutrient cycling and greenhouse gas emissions across a topographic gradient.  We use a combination of field-based data collection, laboratory experiments, and statistical modeling approaches.

Graduate studies research questions:

My dissertation uses large, geospatial datasets in combination with ecological field studies and scaling-up techniques to ask questions about the ecological effects of agriculture in Amazonia.

Global change ecology slideshow!


In addition:

My side projects tend to revolve around agricultural tradeoffs, tropical ecosystem ecology, ecosystem services writ large, methods of achieving sustainability, or some combination therein. And of course, I’m always, always, always excited to hear about new ideas and to chat about new (to me) questions!