In my research I have focused on spatial distributions at multiple scales and in the mechanisms that connect patterns at one scale to patterns at another scale. I have used field observations extensively and integrated understanding of the revealed patterns with experiments conducted in both field and laboratory.
One of the clearest insights from these studies has been the realization that even a generalist species such as the wood frog that is broadly distributed over much of North America is highly sensitive to spatial gradients that can operate on scales of centimeters. Reconciling an understanding of this small scale sensitivity with ecological success of broad geographic scales is a large part of my research focus. My current research activities are centered on understanding how suburban landscapes and associated land use impact amphibian populations.
B.A., Biology, Pomona College
M.S., School of Fisheries, University of Washington
Ph.D., Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut