My teaching and research interests focus on terrestrial ecosystem ecology with an emphasis on the Colorado Front Range. Research topics included the biogeochemistry of high elevation ecosystems, relationships among plants, consumers, and soil biota and ecosystem processes, and the analysis of causes and consequences of plant species invasions. I'm particularly interested in how the individual components of global environmental change interact with one-another and exploring how these interactions are altering local and regional ecosystems.
EBIO 4155 - Ecosystem Ecology
Integrates information from physics (energetics), chemistry (element properties) and biology (evolutionary traits, photosynthetic pathways) to understand the structure and functioning of ecosystems. Provides an analysis of biotic community responses and feedbacks to environmental change drivers. Strong focus on water, nutrient cycling and carbon dynamics of diverse terrestrial and aquatic landscapes. Recommended prerequisites: general biology, EBIO 2040 or equivalent. Formerly EBIO 3270.
EBIO 4640 - Plant Field Studies
Includes field-oriented courses offered at irregular intervals during the academic year or during summer sessions. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 2040 and EBIO 2640 (minimum grade C-). May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.