Department of Biology
Kutztown, PA 19530
My research interests are focused on plant-consumer interactions and how the dynamics of these interactions are influenced by land-use history and environmental factors. As an ecologist working at the interface of chemical, behavioral, community, and restoration ecology, I am interested in 1) how the chemical response of plants to environmental factors affects the behavior and productivity of consumers, 2) how consumer selection impacts diversity, productivity and invasion dynamics, and 3) how consumers influence restoration success through alterations to the compositional and chemical signature of plant communities. My work integrates around a larger theme of enhancing basic and applied ecological knowledge for the conservation of plants and animals, habitat restoration, and mitigation. I explore these questions using a combination of laboratory and field experiments and meta-analytical techniques.