We seek to understand how biological traits, environmental conditions, and historical factors such as disturbance and dispersal history interact to influence species distributions. We apply this understanding to conservation concerns including the protection of rare species, the restoration of disturbed communities, the control of invasive species, and the environmental impacts of agriculture. We address these global issues by working locally– here’s why.
Coming up 10/22/16– Writing Wild conference, sponsored by the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Literary Cleveland– sign up here
10/4-5/16– Ecology class service learning trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park: field sampling, fence building, tree planting, hiking… and tacos
9/26/16– My essay taking another look at ruin porn is out in Belt Magazine: The ecology of ruin
9/20/16– Our paper on Jennifer and Hannah’s undergraduate research is in press at Torrey
7/5/16– Enjoyed walking and talking about reading (and writing) the landscape with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Literary Cleveland
6/28/16– My collaboration with undergraduates Hannah Kuhns and Jennifer Mikes, and colleagues Eric Lonsdorf and Jeff Lake, is in press at Torrey in a special, open access issue on invasive species
5/21/16– Fun plant walk at Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Bioblitz
4/30/16– Removing invasive wintercreeper from BW’s Fullmer Arboretum on Arbor Day
4/28/16– Tylor Mahany and Nathan Sabo present their poster at Ovation
11/8/15– Even if the “balance of nature” concept is vague and outdated, can it still be useful? I ask in the Chronicle Review: read the story.
10/20/15– Ecology students doing ecological restoration in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
7/1/15– Lab moves to Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio
6/6-12/15– Botany Field Meeting in the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario
4/15– Students enjoying isopod sampling in Lititz Run
4/22/15– Wildflower Walk at Bellaire Woods
4/17/15– Hannah and Jennifer present their poster at the Spring Research Fair
2/19/15– Very stimulating discussions after my talk at the Muhlenberg Botanical Society meeting
12/20/14– My students made a website about the plants of Longwood Gardens and their connections to people: Meet the plants!
12/9/14– The students of Plant-Human Interactions take on Longwood Gardens!
10/7/14– Our research makes the news!
9/25/14– Botany accepts our paper about the reproductive biology of hayscented fern
August 2014– Field work in the serpentine barrens with Jennifer Mikes and Hannah Kuhns
7/28-30/14– Jess Bechhofer and I present our poster at Botany 2014 in Boise, Idaho
5/7-9/14– Botany Field Meeting in Aldie, Virginia
4/17/14– Wildflower Walk at Shenk’s Ferry
4/12/14– Our paper reporting the impacts of Japanese barberry invasion is accepted!
4/11/2014– Students present two posters at the Spring Research Fair
11/11/2013– We have fern gametophytes coming out our ears!