Long-term research goals
To understand the ecological and evolutionary causes of high
tree species diversity in tropical rain forests.
To work towards a new synthesis of community ecology and
To help develop the knowledge and skills needed for the
restoration of diverse forest on deforested tropical land.
A sample of specific research
What is the role of the seedling stage in the maintenance of high
tree species diversity? (thesis research)
How do density dependence and habitat partitioning
contribute to high diversity in rain forest? (thesis research)
How does the species composition of rain forest vary as a
function of (regional-scale) distance, in the absence of
habitat gradients? I.e., what is the influence of the
within-range abundance structure of species on overall
How does variation in the ontogenetic development of
tree seedlings map onto phylogenetic relationships?