We explore the assembly, diversity and dynamics
of ecological communities from local to global scales

Temperate Oak-Hickory Forest

Tyson Research Center, Missouri Ozarks

Functional-Trait Diversity in Tropical Trees

Madidi National Park, Bolivia

Prescribed Fire in theĀ Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

Camp Whispering Pines, Louisiana

High-Diversity Tropical Forest

Los Amigos Biological Station, Peruvian Amazon

Black Oak (Quercus velutina) with Seed Predation

Tyson Research Center, Missouri Ozarks

High-Diversity Groundcover Plant Community in the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

Camp Whispering Pines, Louisiana

Welcome to Our Research Group

Our research focuses on patterns and causes of biodiversity at multiple scales, ranging from variation in the diversity of speciesā€™ traits to gradients in the assembly, diversity and dynamics of ecological communities across the planet. We explore theories to explain why changes in biodiversity through space and time emerge through the interplay of fundamental processes of community ecology (speciation, dispersal, ecological drift & niche selection). To untangle these processes, we combine field experiments, large-scale and long-term observational studies, ecological modeling, and synthesis of biodiversity data from a wide range of plant communities spanning temperate and tropical ecosystems.

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Jonathan attends Future of Fire Ecology Workshop in Boulder, Colorado

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Jonathan presents a seminar at University of Kansas

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Chris and Jonathan present at the Missouri Botanical Garden 64th Annual Fall Symposium

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Dilys presents at the 7th Annual St. Louis Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Retreat

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New review & synthesis on biodiversity and community assembly in longleaf pine ecosystems

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The lab is off to ESA!

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Jonathan attends CTFS-ForestGEO Workshop in Puerto Rico

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New paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution on biotic interactions and large-scale biodiversity-productivity relationships

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New paper in Science on biotic interactions and the latitudinal-diversity gradient

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Field season is underway at the Tyson Research Center

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