Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity Maintenance and Loss
Diversity is rapidly changing in modern communities due to both species introductions and extinctions, which may have a number of implications for ecosystem processes and services. The processes maintaining species diversity and the consequences of diversity change have been key areas of research in ecology, and are particularly relevant in light of current trends. In our lab, we explore how the integration of disturbance theory and facilitation theory can improve our understanding of diversity maintenance. We have also investigated the causes and consquences of realistic (observed non-random) diversity change, and are interested in the effects of both interspecific and intraspecific trait diversity.