I am an ecologist with a quantitative bent. My research interests are very diverse, but typically involve several of the following elements:
- Diversity patterns
- Human ecology
- Climate change
- Massive data and computational challenges
Large collaborative projects
I am involved in several collaborative projects that involve these elements including:
- “Paleoclimatic stability and evolutionary ecosystem ecology of Earth’s Forests (STABFOR)”. Ongoing research under this project addresses paleoclimate effects on diversity (taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional) of forests.
- Aarhus University’s Centre for Biolcultural History. This is a highly interdisciplinary team focused on human evolution. My work with the group focuses on the ecology and distribution of Neanderthals.
- sPlot, a group organized through the German sDiv center. We aim to build a massive global vegetation plot database.
- BIEN, an NCEAS and NSF-funded group attempting to compile all available botanical records for the New World.
- BACI, an EU Horizon 2020 project on detecting ecosystem changes using remote sensing data.
Some projects that I am currently most actively working on include:
- Drivers of the vegetation greening trend in recent decades (utilizing remote sensing data)
- Macroecological patterns in grasses
- Reconstructing evolutionary rates from phylogenies and spatial information
- Algorithms for rapid computations on huge phylogenetic trees