Officially, I am an empirical community ecologist and macroecologist by training, and I am interested in the intersection of theoretical and empirical ecology. While I believe in using the ecosystem, taxonomic group, or dataset best suited for addressing the question at hand, my favorite model system for testing ideas is my field site: the Portal Project, a long-term research site initiated by James H. Brown and associates in 1977. Unofficially, I am broadly curious and go where my curiosity takes me.
Glenda works at the Portal Project and so far she is interested in how coexistence among species is affected by invasion, extinction, and climate change. She is also currently working on a M.S. in Statistics working with Mevin Hooten.
Joining Weecology from the University of Michigan, my research focused on quantifying differences between an invasive shrub and the native understory woody plant community of Michigan. With an understanding of plant coexistence mechanisms we may then suggest the impacts the invasion will have on the community and inform management decisions of the invasive shrub. Continually seeking diverse natural experiments to test ecological theory, throughout my Ph.D. I intent to incorporate human dimensions and agricultural systems with empiricial modeling techniques.
Sarah started Fall 2007 and comes to us from Valparaiso University. Sarah is interested in exploring metacommunity dynamics and macroecological patterns and has also discovered that rodents really aren't that bad.
|Erica Christensen||Erica joined the lab in Fall 2012. Her background includes a BA in pure mathematics from Oberlin College, an MS in environmental science from Drexel University, and field research on sea turtles in Costa Rica. Her current interests are in the general area of community dynamics, specifically systems experiencing regime shifts and non-linear dynamics.|