Thanks for visiting. I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at the University of California, Berkeley.  I got my start in life and science in New Mexico where these pictures come from.

I’m interested in large-scale patterns of biodiversity. With my advisors John Harte and Rosemary Gillespie (and others too), I study the limits and successes of statistical theories of biodiversity, both through evolutionary time and in the ecological development of ecosystems. By identifying when and why such “null” theories sometimes don’t work we hope to gain insights into the processes shaping biodiversity, ultimately to advance conservation.

Check out my research and publications pages for more details.