I am a plant ecologist interested in how climate change affects plant communities and plant-animal interactions. I study the drivers of flowering time across scales: from microtopography to entire species ranges. I aim to improve understanding of flowering time on the landscape in order to aid management strategies in increasing the adaptive capacity of natural communities in their response to climate change. For a more complete overview of the ideas driving my current work, see our recent paper in Restoration Ecology:
Olliff-Yang, R. L., Gardali, T., Ackerly, D. D. 2020. Mismatch Managed? Phenological phase extension as a strategy to manage phenological asynchrony in plant–animal mutualisms. Restoration Ecology. doi: 10.1111/rec.13130.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/rec.13130 (Open Access!)
I am currently a 6th 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.