I am an explorer.
I explore physically, whether in the mountains on ski, bike, or climbing vertical rock, or at new field sites to study biological diversity in the heat of Arizona’s monsoon or the chill of Antarctica’s Dry Valleys.
I explore intellectually, seeking to discover the importance of random chance in biological diversity and the results of biological invasions as opposed to predictable processes of predation or competition. This is especially important now because human activity is causing us to lose diversity in many places, and we need to better understand how to preserve it.
I study these questions across the tree of life, including in viruses, bacteria, microscopic animals such as rotifers and tardigrades, pocket mice, bunchgrasses, and trees. See my Google Scholar page for my most up-to-date list of publications and my Research Projects page for summaries of ongoing research.
I explore not only for myself, but to bring what I find back to others, and more importantly, to bring others along with me and launch them on their own journeys. To that end, I love to discuss my research with people in real time, whether on person or online, and I love teaching – especially outdoors – and mentoring others in conducting their own research. It is important to me to continue making space in science and outdoor exploration for people who have historically be excluded because of their identities.
I continue seeking where I will explore next.