We work to uncover what factors drive the extraordinary diversity and complexity we see in nature, and have a particular interest in species interactions and the role of the physical environment. We work to understand how humans and natural ecosystems interact, with the goal of producing objective science that can inform management and policy about how we might best interact with the natural world.
The research questions we address require study across domains of life, levels of biological organization, and habitats, although we have a particular interest in the ecology of large rivers and their catchments. We use a range of methods in our research, including field observations and experiments, analysis of published data, laboratory experiments, and theory. We are particularly interested in using emerging technologies, such as automated tracking, to address problems in ecology.
Our lab is based at NGRREC, a state-of-the-art field station in Alton, IL, on the banks of the mighty Mississippi!