Forest fragmentation is one of the most important drivers of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation on the planet today, and we know that it interacts with climate change in important ways. I am working to build knowledge about the combined impacts of climate change and fragmentation, to contribute ideas and solutions to these global ecological crises.
Community ecology; persistence of species and communities in heterogeneous, fragmented, and disturbed landscapes; extinction, invasion and community assembly
EBIO 1010 - Introduction to Quantitative Thinking for Biologists
Focuses on the collection, visualization and analysis of data that are relevant for advancing critical thinking, student-directed learning, and the development of quantitative analysis skills, with an emphasis on using R and examples from ecology and evolutionary biology.
EBIO 1220 - General Biology 2
Spring 2019 / Spring 2021
Provides a concentrated introduction to organisms, homeostasis, development, behavior, and ecology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts,and questions. Intended for science majors. Recommended prerequisite: EBIO 1210 (minimum grade C-).
EBIO 2040 - Principles of Ecology
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
Lecture and laboratory. Introduces principles of ecology, emphasizing patterns and processes at various levels of biological organization. Scope global, but examples often from local environment. Laboratory emphasizes techniques of field biology. Uses animals and/or animal tissues. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1030 and EBIO 1040 and EBIO 1050 or EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 2640 and ENVS 2000.
EBIO 4460 - Special Topics
Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 5460.
EBIO 4990 - EBIO Honors Thesis Research
Spring 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2022
To be taken during the final academic year prior to graduation. Consists of the final phase of honors research and thesis preparation under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Recommended prerequisites: minimum 3.3 GPA and a declared EBIO major and approval by departmental Honors program.