Our research seeks to identify and understand how plant populations and communities respond to changing environments, and how our understanding of vegetation dynamics can inform natural resource management. Altered disturbance regimes, management activities, land use, invasive species, harvest, and climate change can all greatly affect plant population and community dynamics.  Understanding vegetation responses to these and other factors is critical to developing management strategies that incorporate the complexities of multiple-use landscapes. This work lies at the interface of basic and applied science, advancing our understanding of ecological principles while providing information to inform management activities.

Research interests include:

  • Importance of ungulate herbivory on vegetation dynamics
  • Ecology & management of culturally and economically important plant species
  • Invasive plant ecology & management
  • Restoration ecology