Prize Postdoctoral Fellow
| My work focuses on the dynamics and distribution of the
savanna biome, especially where it intersects with the forest biome. I
use a combination of empirical and modelling approaches to understand
how local interactions of trees with their resource and disturbance
environment scale up to predict landscape- and continental-scale
patterns in tree cover and the distributions of biomes.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in Global Climate change in the E3B department at Columbia University.
I am especially interested in the idea that historical ecological patterns are fundamental drivers determining current and future distributions of ecological pattern. Hysteresis and historical contingencies are major, but relatively under-appreciated, determinants of ecological dynamics.
My field work has focused primarily in savannas in South Africa, especially Kruger and Hluhluwe iMfolozi Parks. I have also done field work in both savannas and forests of tropical Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.