My research focuses on developing wildlife and habitat management strategies that promote biodiversity, ecological integrity, and ultimately human health. I'm most interested in the spatial distribution of animals, particularly those that are uncommon, highly specialized, or difficult to find. Using a variety of different analytical methods, including observation studies, natural experiments, earth observations from the air and space, and ecological models, I try to quantify the relationships between the living and non-living components of ecosystems, and how these relationships change over time. Most importantly, these results are then used to inform the sustainable management of wildlife populations and their habitats to maintain diverse and resilient ecological communities. Though my research focuses on vertebrates, I often incorporate plants, weather, climate, soil chemistry, and disturbances like fire.
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Global Change and Mammal Conservation in Florida
Salinization and Sea-level rise in NC
Wildfires in the Sierra Nevada, CA
The Longleaf Pine Community in NC