We are a research team focused on illuminating the mechanisms that maintain biodiversity in nature and using our understanding to forecast how ecological systems will respond to our changing world. Our approach is broad, bringing together field & lab experiments, natural history, statistics, math, and code.
We are based in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at North Carolina State University. During the field season, you may also find us crouched among the wildflowers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab or knee-deep in a peat bog at the University of Michigan Biological Station.
What allows species to persist in complex networks of species interactions?
How will populations behave when the new normal keeps changing?
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Urban ecology, Plant-pollinator interactions, Population dynamics
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Abstract When plants establish outside their native range, their ability to adapt to the new environment is influenced by both demography and dispersal.
Abstract How climate affects biotic interactions is a question of urgent concern.
Abstract Elevational gradients have been highly useful for understanding the underlying forces driving variation in plant traits and plant-insect herbivore interactions.
Abstract Competition-defence trade-offs have long been thought to promote plant coexistence and increase species diversity.
Abstract Plants exhibit a diverse set of functional traits and ecological strategies which reflect an adaptation process to the biotic and abiotic components of the environment.
- n. A small, usually cube-shaped object with sides displaying a different numeral or number of spots, typically used in games of chance.
- v. Cut into small cubes.
- v. (Latin) present singular imperative form of the verb dicere, to say or tell, as in the commands “Say!” and “Tell!”
“DICE” is a convenient acronym for our lab name, but it also speaks to the fundamental aims of what we do. First, our research is motivated to understand biodiversity responses to environmental change, transforming uncertainty into accurate understanding. Second, we tackle ecological complexity by breaking problems into component parts, understanding how each functions in turn and how they fit together to build the whole. Finally, the word in Latin invokes our responsibility as scientists to share what we learn and to engage fully in building more just, equitable, and sustainable world.