Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything.”

George Lois

Toward a more predictive biology and ecology . . . .

blockWe live in world of unprecedented rapid climate and land use change. I believe that the central goal of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology should now be to predict the form, function, and fate of biodiversity, ecosystems, and the biosphere. Our lab takes multiple approaches to help define and add to this new science.

The Macroecology lab is an international network of broadly trained ecologists, botanists, physiologists, evolutionary biologists macroecologists, and informaticians. We seek to discover general processes of how organisms (mainly plants but we often stray into other systems and organisms) work and interact with each other and their environment. Our common interests is to synthesize and build a more predictive biodiversity science and ecological science. We often work in tropical and temperate forests and high alpine ecosystems and use combinations of theoretical, computational, informatics, biophysical, trait-based, physiological and ecophysiological approaches.

Research in the lab can be summarized into four distinct yet interrelated areas:

(i) The origin and maintenance of diversity via the evolution and ecology of form and function;

(ii) Building a general theory of allometry and biological scaling: Phenotypic integration, and the scaling of biological processes from cells to ecosystems.

(iii) Trait-based ecology & evolution

(iv) Community ecology and Macroecology