My research program is motivated by a desire to deepen our basic understanding of how ecosystems are assembled and an urgent need to develop sustainable management strategies for coastal marine ecosystems. The unifying thread linking my work is an interest in how species interactions drive ecosystem assembly, biodiversity, and resilience.
How to re-assemble resilient ecosystems and harness the ecological, economic, and cultural services they provide remains a fundamental yet unanswered question in ecology and conservation biology. My research program focuses on the recovery and assembly of disturbed and degraded ecosystems in the face of ongoing human impact. The following questions guide my current research: (1) How do ecosystems respond to disturbance?, (2) What drives the trajectory of ecosystem recovery? (3) What makes ecosystems resilient?