I am generally interested in plant community and restoration ecology. I enjoy working in semi-arid and arid systems, with particular interest in shrublands and annual plant communities. My research focuses on the application of ecological theory to challenges faced in restoration and management including invasion and environmental change.
Building from my master's thesis, this project aims to apply mechanisms known to promote species invasion in reverse to benefit native species in communities dominated by invasive species. Specifically we tested whether increasing native propagule pressure along a gradient can promote native reestablishment and assessed whether the functional trait composition of the invasive community could predict native reinvasion success.
In this project, we are exploring different techniques to increase revegetation success on copper mine tailings piles using a combination of seeding techniques, mycorrhizal inoculation, and sowing season.