Our research is guided by a critical question: how do the supply, storage, and flux of energy and matter constrain the structure and dynamics of ecological systems? We are particularly interested in how the theory of “ecological stoichiometry” (i.e., the balance of multiple chemical substances in ecological processes) and scaling principles (i.e., body size) can be applied to better understand the structure and function of food webs and ecosystems. The diversity of ways in which organisms uptake, store, and transfer energy and matter may have profound effects on the ability of ecological systems to respond to global environmental change.
Some current and future field projects in the lab include the study of: (1) Large-scale patterns of invertebrate stoichiometry; (2) Ecosystem consequences of human-driven nutrient inputs; (3) The role of habitat size on ecosystem function; (4) Energetic and matter budgets in web-building spiders; (5) Structure and dynamics of predator-prey networks; and (6) Modern and ancient food web structure and environmental change. See below if you are interested in reading more about our different projects.