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Complex interactions within communities maintain the processes that insure ecosystem services. Without these complex, multi-step pathways the flux of nutrients and materials are left unchecked. These processes maintain clean water and healthy ecosystems. Landscape scale patterns as well as community assemblage can have a large impact on ecosystem scale processes. My research has spanned from the influence of hydrologic patterns and landscape patterns on resource availability, feeding roles of invertebrates, nutrient cycling, invasive species interactions, and the impacts of land use on species assemblage patterns and water chemistry. I plan to continue to focus on the role of organisms in maintaining vital ecosystem processes and how land use and climate change may interact to influence these processes. Further, I am working to expand this work to examine the linkages between ecological and social systems.
Current Lab Projects and Collaborations