I am a plant functional ecologist interested in the causes and consequences of trait variation and integration across biological scales (from within individuals to among communities). What mechanisms govern the extant diversity of plant form and function, and in turn how does this diversity affect population, community and ecosystem dynamics?
I am broadly interested in questions at the intersection of plant physiology, scaling, ecology and evolution. I use empirical data to uncover general principles governing patterns of phenotypic diversity. One pet interest is to tests implicit and explicit assumptions of the trait-based approach. My research has highlighted the importance of individual variation, phenotypic complexity and the scale dependence of patterns and processes in trait-based ecology.
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I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Biology at the University of Waterloo. I conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Sherbrooke with Dr Mark Vellend and at the CEFE (CNRS) with Dr Cyrille Violle, where I examine whether traits can predict species response to warming. I completed my PhD in December 2015 at the University of Arizona with Drs Brian Enquist, Brian McGill and Martin 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.