I am a professional conservation biologist at the Missouri Botanical Garden who is motivated by the rapidity with which humans are removing biological diversity from the Earth. I think we are a beautiful species, despite all our wars and sorrow. But when we cause an extinction, we take a book out of the library of life and burn it.
My research interweaves five fields: global change, conservation, biogeography, macroecology, and community assembly. Generally I employ analytical and computational methods, though I also enjoy field work. My study systems are broad and include research on mammals, birds, plants, insects, and the global socioeconomic system. Approximately half of my work is theoretical and half is applied. Likewise, half is collaborative and half is independent.