Many of the largest threats to biodiversity affect entire communities, the interactions between species, and how community-level processes impact the functioning of ecosystems. My interests lie in understanding how the theories of community ecology can be applied to conservation issues.
At the heart of this challenge is a need to understand how ecological communities are assembled and disassembled. This basic ecological question is fundamental to applied conservation issues, such as how species respond to environmental changes, the global spread of non-native species, and the restoration of formerly degraded habitats.
My research is mainly conducted on freshwater fishes, using trait-based community assembly and food web perspectives to understand the structure and dynamics of riverine fish communities. I recently received my Ph.D. working in the Winemiller Aquatic Ecology Lab at Texas A&M University, as well as the Applied Biodiversity Sciences Program. I am currently the director of watershed science and restoration at Harpeth Conservancy.