The main goals of my research are to understand and quantify threats to biodiversity in order to better focus conservation efforts and mitigate change. To those ends, I am currently examining 1) the effects of habitat alteration on amphibian communities, 2) the effect of climate change on organism size, and 3) novel methods for detecting amphibians. Understanding how species are separated in ecological space and how species are affected by changes in their environment allow for better predictions of biodiversity losses, and potential mitigation techniques.
Ecological responses to habitat fragmentation
I am interested in teasing apart top-down and bottom-up factors influencing responses to human-induced disturbances, and identifying which abiotic factors best predict biodiversity.
Physiological responses to climate change
Determining how climate change affects global ecology and ecosystem services is one of the most important frontiers in environmental science.
Novel methods for detecting amphibians
Together with collaborators at Duquesne University and University of Pittsburgh, I am exploring the efficacy of novel methods to detect amphibians