Freshwater systems cover 0.8% of the Earth's surface, yet are home to 10% of global biodiversity and 35% of all vertebrate species. Nevertheless, human stressors (e.g. land use, invasive species, and management practices) compromise the integrity of freshwater systems, resulting in extinction rates five times greater than those found in other systems. Conservation of this extraordinary concentration of biodiversity is critical in maintaining the fundamental ecosystem functions and services that all terrestrial life relies upon. Aquatic plants, in particular, play vital roles in maintaining healthy ecosystems by shaping the foundation of food webs in lakes and in regulating ecosystem functions and services. Consequently, my research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic disturbance on multiple dimensions of freshwater plant biodiversity.
Research interests: Freshwater ecology, community ecology, landscape ecology, conservation biology, lake systems, aquatic plants, algae, biogeochemistry, human disturbance