I am a community ecologist and eco-physiologist interested in the maintenance and loss of biodiversity and its impacts on the structure and functioning of ecosystems. My research interests have broadly focused on how plants live and die in a changing climate and the subsequent effects on forest communities. Because forests are both sensitive to and buffers against climate change, they represent an important component for maintaining ecosystem functions. Using a combination of controlled manipulations in greenhouses, field experiments and long-term observational data, my research focuses on disentangling the role of trait differences, environmental heterogeneity and species interactions in maintaining plant species diversity under novel climatic regimes and global change drivers.
|2013 - 2015||Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies and Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Funded by the University Research Priority Program for Global Change and Biodiversity|
|2010 - 2013||Ph.D. Student, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland, Thesis: The role of functional-traits in the response of tropical forests to global change|
|2007 - 2009||M.Sc., Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, USA|
|2005 - 2007||Lecturer Forest Ecology and Measurements Course, Summer Field Ecology Program, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA|
|2007 - 2005||Research Assistant, Forest Ecology Lab, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA|
|2001 - 2008||B.Sc., College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA|