I am interested in how climate change will affect plant communities and plant-animal interactions. Any changes in the timing of annual life cycle stages can alter interactions between species. There is concern about timing mismatches between plants and their pollinators with climate change. I study the factors that influence plant flowering time, and strategies that land managers can use to buffer any negative impacts of timing mismatches between mutualistic species. In order to successfully manage ecosystems in the future, it will be important to understand what role phenology plays in structuring plant communities, and the tools we can use to aid in species survival though climate caused changes in interactions.
I am currently a 5th year PhD Candidate in the Ackerly lab at UC Berkeley.
Research Interests: Plant community ecology, species interactions, climate change, plant phenology, habitat restoration, conservation, citizen science.