Research in the lab combines mathematical models, computer simulations and statistical analyses of large datasets to determine how ecological and environmental processes occurring at different scales and levels of organization interact to shape the distribution of species in space and time.

We are particularly interested in understanding how species interactions within- and dispersal between- discrete communities generate dynamic spatiotemporal patterns of abundance in environmentally-forced marine metacommunities.

Although the core of our research focuses on developing and testing theory in marine communities, we often collaborate with empiricists working in terrestrial systems to answer basic and applied questions that range from identifying the factors that determine the spatial distribution of abundance to predicting the spread of invasive species. Such collaborations between empiricists and theoreticians across study systems are critical for understanding how interconnected ecosystems function and respond to environmental change.