Linking ecological and evolutionary dynamics
Ecology and evolution are intimately connected in nature, but linking the theory of these two fields has been an ongoing challenge for biologists. I am interested in developing tractable mathematical theory for the intersection of ecological and evolutionary processes. So far, my research has focused on understanding how evolutionary factors (for example, phylogenetic relationships among species or trait variation among individuals within a species) affect the ecological dynamics of communities. In the future, I hope to “close the loop” and consider how ecological processes feed back to shape evolutionary outcomes.
Some relevant publications:
Intraspecific variation stabilizes classic predator-prey dynamics (pre-print)
Effects of phylogeny on coexistence in model communities (pre-print) Phylogeny structures species’ interactions in experimental ecological communities (pre-print)