Emma describing a pond community-assembly experiment, Tyson Research Center, Missouri

Emma Moran  |  Ph.D. Student

I received my BS in Biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2007, after which I was a technician for two years studying acorn woodpeckers and pitcher plants. I am currently a PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis, where I am co-advised by Tiffany Knight and Jonathan Myers.

I am generally interested in large-scale diversity patterns and the factors that create biodiversity variation. My dissertation research addresses how communities are assembled across latitudinal and diversity gradients. I am especially interested in the relative importance of species interactions, stochasticity, and environmental heterogeneity in shaping community composition. I collect both observational data on natural diversity patterns as well as experimental data to tease apart the specific assembly mechanisms that affect natural communities.