Plant Functional Ecology
I study the causes and consequences of trait variation and integration across biological scales, from within individuals to among communities. I am interested in questions at the intersection of plant physiology, ecology and evolution. An empiricist, I use observational and experimental studies (field and lab) to uncover general principles governing patterns of phenotypic diversity.
My current work with collaborators and students centers on trait variation and co-variation within species, phenotypic integration, selection and climate change.
I conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Sherbrooke with Dr. Vellend and at the Centre d’Écologie Fonctionelle et Évolutive of the CNRS with Dr. Violle. There, I examined whether traits can predict species response to warming. I completed my PhD in December 2015 at the University of Arizona with Drs Enquist, McGill and Lechowicz, where I explored the limits of a trait-based approach to ecology, specifically with respect phenotypic complexity and scaling. I obtained my MSc from McGill University in 2009, where I examined variation in leaf traits across biological scales in tropical rainforests.