Centre for BiodiversityTheory and Modelling
My research focuses on developing ecological theory of species interactions such as herbivory, competition and mutualism, and their effects on ecosystem functioning and evolution in ecosystems. Understanding evolutionary dynamics in ecosystems requires taking into account the effect on individuals of ecosystem constraints such as nutrient cycling processes as well as species interactions. However, ecosystem ecology typically ignores ecological interactions, and evolutionary ecology typically ignores ecosystem functioning. By linking these different aspects, my work has uncovered interesting and counterintuitive relationships.