Ecology & Evolution, Conservation & Disease, Quantitative Biology
Research Key Words: Population dynamics, Invasive species, Aquatic ecology, Disease ecology, Quantitative biology, Spatial ecology
Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife / Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, Michigan State University, 2007
B.S., Biology, Saint Louis University, 2000 (summa cum laude)
I teach Biometry with the goal of providing graduate students a foundation in statistics and with experience using R to implement those statistical approaches.
I enjoy teaching Biological Diversity because it spans all of ecology and evolution, and it is exciting to help students understand how ecology and evolution have led to our planet's incredible diversity of lifeforms.
I am interested in the ecology of population extinction, species coexistence, species invasions, and emerging diseases. Dynamics leading to the alternatives of persistence and extinction influence applied ecological problems from conservation of threatened species to rapid spatial spread of invasive species and emerging diseases.
I link theory with empirical data to produce general insights and work across scales from the microscopic to continental. My research also aims to make effective use of increasingly powerful computational tools, and I use machine learning tools and network approaches to develop predictive models for the spread of aquatic invasive species and emerging infectious diseases.