Every forest on earth has a memory that surpasses human history. Each species is a mosaic of traits and environmental tolerances that have been cultivated by a long successful struggle to survive in harsh conditions.
Considered together, communities form a network of biological information that can tell us about past environments, current distributions, and future resilience.
My research seeks to better understanding these biological networks so we can forecast how intensifying anthropogenic disturbances will affect the structure, diversity, and function of tropical forests.
Answering these intricate questions in the understudied tropics requires all the tools we have — and the patience to develop the ones we don't. As such, my work also deals intimately with the development and use of open-source data and analytical resources.