Research in our lab combines theoretical and experimental approaches that bridge the gap between evolutionary biology and community ecology. We are interested in how evolution on contemporary time scales alters the outcome of species interactions and affects species and genetic diversity in communities.
Because species in natural communities interact with many other species, evolutionary outcomes are the result of multiple direct and indirect species interactions. Consequently, we also examine the evolutionary importance of indirect species interactions to better understand how species evolve in a community context.
We explore these questions theoretically and in a number of natural systems, including pitcher plant inquiline communities, California grasslands, and various marine communities.