Recent Articles

Global Fecundity Data Provide Evidence of Tree Senescence

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (In Press)


Trees age, like us all —
slowly making fewer seeds
over centuries.

Balancing Selection on Foliar Herbivore Defenses

Nature Ecology and Evolution (2021)

glucosinolates
are determined by both drought
and herbivory.

Tree Fecundity Driven by Indirect Climate Effects

Nature Communications (2021)

tree seeds now number
fewer in West, more in East.
climate / size effects.

The Recovery of Dung Beetle Biodiversity and Traits

Insect Conservation and Diversity (2021)

after disturbance,
dung beetles can recover
if humans let them.

The Importance of Large Trees for Carbon Estimation

Global Ecology and Biogeography (2020)

Gabon's forests hold
twice the global average of
above-ground carbon.

Integrating Camera Trap, Visual, and Dung Survey Data

Ecosphere (2019)

better censuses
when dung, sight, and camera traps
are used togeather.

Estimating the Gut Passage Time of Wild Forest Elephants

Wildlife Biology (2019)

forest elephants
tell us about digestion
with technology.

The Imprecision of Allometric Carbon Estimation

Ecological Application (2019)

soil variations
bias carbon estimates
at the landscape scale

Forecasting the Variability of Food in Forest Habitats

Ecological Monographs (2019)

pulsed seed production
supports and taxes food webs;
life history counts.

Effects of Low-Intensity Logging on Seed Dispersal

Annals of Botany, Plants (2018)

dispersal changes
arising from light-logging
shift communities.

Forest Elephant Extirpation Will Transform African Forests

Conservation Biology (2018)

forest elephants
shape African forests, and
they're going extinct.

The Joint Responses of Growth and Survival to Adversity

American Journal of Primatology (2015)

first-born infants grow
and survive like later-borns,
unless they are male



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Dispersal Dynamics and Masting Events

  • Joining seed rain data from the Eastern US and Google Earth Engine environmental covariates to describe ecological causes and consequences of masting events. (NASA)
  • Integrating animal behavior, evolutionary ecology, and life history theory to understand how pulsed resources mediate the spatio-temporal structure of consumer populations. (NSF)
  • Comparing ecological and climatological predictors of mast seeding in different biomes. (NSF)

Disperser Behavior and Conservation

Community Composition and Global Change

  • Creating an open-source workflow providing predicted species distributions for plants, small mammals, and beetles at all sites in the National Ecological Observatory Network. (NASA)
  • Modelling tropical tree community composition using climate records, remote sensing, and future climate predictions. (NSF GRF)
  • Comparing community resilience to climate change in ecologically analogous, but evolutionarily distinct communities in Europe and North America. (NSF)