Research

I’m currently working on a few projects all aimed at identifying how and why evolutionary history drives contemporary ecological dynamics. I approach this topic both from a theoretical perspective, building and testing synthetic theories of biodiversity based on statistical mechanics, and from an empirical perspective, collecting new data about the evolution and ecology of arthropod groups and using it to test how their past rates of diversification drive their current spatial diversity patterns.

Superstatistics of Phanerozoic biodiversity.  Non-equilibrium statistical dynamics of deep time evolution.

Evolution and the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology. One project uses deviations from the Maximum Entropy Theory of Ecology (METE) to understand evolutionary community assembly in Hawaii and the other directly extends METE to include phylogenetic information.

The spatial structure of adaptive radiations. How does beta-diversity differ between clades undergoing different diversification scenarios?

Reconstructing evolutionary rates from molecular phylogenies. Designing new methods to estimate speciation, extinction and immigration from molecular phylogenies.